The Dodgers are fighting for their playoff lives, and it’s becoming increasingly likely that they’ll have to do battle without their ace.
And, not only could Clayton Kershaw be lost for this season, but surgery on his right hip would likely knock him out for the first month and a half of the 2013 campaign, as well, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Kershaw has been scratched from two of his last three starts and has yet to report any improvement with his ailing hip. His fate will be decided on Tuesday after he receives a second opinion from Dr. Bryan Kelly on in New York. Manager Don Mattingly said that if there’s any chance the left-hander can do further damage to his hip by pitching, he will not return this year.
It wouldn’t be the first (or second) season-ending injury to a member of the Dodgers’ rotation, as Chad Billingsley (elbow) and Ted Lilly (shoulder) have already gone down. Mattingly said over the weekend that he would consider Josh Beckett his No. 1 starter in Kershaw goes on the shelf. Stephen Fife is currently occupying Kershaw's spot in the rotation.
Rangers Extend Lewis
Colby Lewis’ season ended in July after he underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, but his tenure with the Rangers isn’t over just yet.
Texas re-upped with the pending free agent Monday, signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract extension, with an additional $4 million potential available in incentives. The right-hander's rehab is expected to keep him out until around midseason next year.
Because of the injury and subsequent surgery, Lewis missed out on what surely would have been a big free agent payday. The 33-year-old will now hope to pitch well in the second half next season before trying to strike it rich that winter.
De La Rosa Finally Set to Debut
It might be coming months after the Rockies wanted, but Jorge De La Rosa is finally set to make his 2012 debut.
Coming back from Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa was originally supposed to rejoin the Rockies’ rotation in late May or early June. However, he had to be shut down from his rehab assignment upon developing tightness in his left forearm, as well as fluid buildup in his elbow. He resumed the assignment earlier this month and is now all systems go, as he'll get the ball Thursday against the Giants.
If De La Rosa can pitch well over the final couple weeks, it would be an encouraging development for a Rockies rotation that’s been woeful this season. Alex White has been bumped to the bullpen to accommodate the left-hander.
National League Quick Hits: Cliff Lee tossed eight innings of one-run ball while striking out 10 in Monday’s win over the Mets. The left-hander has been nearly unhittable over his last seven starts, putting up a 1.63 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 54 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings ... Carlos Gonzalez didn’t start Monday’s game against the Giants after exiting Sunday’s contest with a strained hamstring. He was able to pinch-hit, though, and shouldn’t be out of the lineup long ... Giancarlo Stanton sat out Monday’s game with soreness in his side. It doesn’t sound like an oblique injury, as Stanton expects to return to the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday ... Brian McCann (hamstring) could also return to the lineup Tuesday. The Braves’ backstop hasn’t played since Saturday due to tendinitis in his hamstring ... Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro isn’t ruling out the possibility of Chase Utley playing some third base before the end of the season. Utley has been taking pre-game grounders there regularly over the past few weeks. The Phils could move him there next year and install Freddy Galvis at second base.
American League Quick Hits: Alex Avila experienced headaches during batting practice Monday. He passed a concussion test following Sunday’s collision with first baseman Prince Fielder, but it’s possible he could wind up missing a few games ... Evan Longoria didn’t play Monday due to “heavy legs.” He’s expected back in the lineup Tuesday ... Joe Nathan is expected to be available to pitch Tuesday. The Rangers’ closer was held out of action over the weekend while going through a “dead arm” phase ... Matt Capps will begin facing batters this week. He could rejoin the Twins’ bullpen for their final series of the season ... Wilson Betemit will not need surgery on his right wrist and will receive a cortisone shot soon. It’s not likely that he’ll return this season, though the Orioles haven’t ruled out the possibility ... The O’s aren’t ruling out Jason Hammel’s (knee) return, either. However, they admit that he’ll be taking his rehab slowly, and he’s obviously running out of time.