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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Clayton Kershaw (back) has not been cleared for throwing.
Kershaw had a checkup with Dr. Robert Watkins last week but was apparently told to remain idle as he attempts to rehab a disc herniation in his lower back. There is no timetable for the ace left-hander's return to the Dodgers' rotation and it is possible he will wind up needing season-ending surgery. Jul 26 - 7:26 PM

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed hope that Clayton Kershaw (back) will not need surgery.

Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw's recent setback during a simulated game -- the ace was shut down indefinitely after feeling discomfort on Tuesday -- has increased the chance that he might have to undergo season-ending surgery. But nothing has been decided yet. He was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation in his lower back near the end of June and didn't feel right after a simulated game this past weekend. Fantasy owners who were riding Kershaw's brilliant 2016 campaign toward potential championships will just have to cross their fingers.
Jul 20 - 6:03 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw (back) "didn't feel great" after throwing a simulated game this weekend and has been shut down indefinitely.

Asked about a possible return timetable, Roberts replied: "Uncertain." Kershaw had been aiming to return to the Dodgers' rotation later this week, but he's been battling lingering discomfort since throwing 60 pitches in a simulated setting on Saturday. Julio Urias will be called up from the Triple-A Oklahoma City bullpen to make a spot start Thursday versus the Nationals.
Jul 19 - 5:33 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Sunday that Clayton Kershaw (back) would not rejoin the rotation on Thursday.

That's when his spot comes up next. However, the good news is that Roberts didn't rule out Kershaw returning sometime next weekend in St. Louis. Kershaw threw a 60-pitch simulated game Saturday and the club wants to see how he recovers over the next few days before determining the next step for the left-hander.
Jul 17 - 2:21 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday.

He threw at maximum effort while mixing in all of his pitches. The Dodgers haven't announced what his next step will be but there's a strong chance Kershaw will be returning to the starting rotation next week. The left-hander was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back last month but has made a quick recovery. He was pitching like an MVP before the injury, going 11-2 with a stunning 1.79 ERA over his first 16 outings.
Jul 16 - 6:58 PM

Updating an earlier report, Clayton Kershaw (back) will face live hitters on Saturday.

He's slated to pitch a simulated game at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw will be joined by fellow left-hander Alex Wood, who is coming back from an elbow injury. Manager Dave Roberts said it's unlikely Kershaw will need a rehab assignment, which means he could be back in the Dodgers' rotation as early as next week. Obviously this is great news for the Dodgers and all of Kershaw's fantasy owners.
Jul 14 - 11:28 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is expected to throw a simulated game on Sunday.

It will either be in Los Angeles or at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona. Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and didn't show any ill effects. Manager Dave Roberts said it's unlikely he'll need a rehab assignment. It's likely he'll be back for the Dodgers' homestand that begins on July 26.
Jul 14 - 9:07 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is planning to throw his second bullpen session Wednesday.

His first bullpen session Sunday went smoothly, and the disabled All-Star got in a light workout ahead of Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic in San Diego. Kershaw told reporters that he has a timetable in mind but can't share it yet. He's been on the disabled list since June 30 with a mild disc herniation in his lower back.
Jul 12 - 4:37 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session Sunday.

It will be his first time throwing off a mound since going on the disabled list with a disc herniation in his lower back. While the Dodgers aren't setting a timetable for Kershaw's return, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that it's "possible" the lefty could be ready for his second turn in the rotation after the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 1:59 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) played catch Wednesday for the first time since landing on the DL.

There aren't many details about the workout, but it apparently went smoothly. Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 30 with a mild disc herniation in his lower back. He obviously won't be ready to return when first eligible, but it's a pretty good sign that he already feels well enough to throw. A late-July or early-August activation seems plausible. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw will not necessarily require a minor league rehab assignment.
Jul 6 - 1:17 PM

Clayton Kershaw has been diagnosed with mild disc herniation in his lower back.

The Dodgers say he will not require surgery, though the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. Los Angeles moved quickly to find his replacement, acquiring Bud Norris in a trade with Atlanta on Thursday. With Kershaw out of commission, Jake Arrieta could be in the driver's seat to start the All-Star Game in San Diego in a couple of weeks.
Jun 30 - 6:02 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back injury.

There's no timetable for the star left-hander's return to the Dodgers rotation, but he'll be sidelined at least through the All-Star break. He received an epidural injection on Wednesday, and the team will see how he responds before determining the next course of action.
Jun 30 - 5:04 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) received an epidural Wednesday and will be placed on the disabled list.

Well, that's a bummer. The Dodgers haven't revealed a specific diagnosis for Kershaw yet, and it appears that he's likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days. We'll just have to see how Kershaw recovers from his lower back injury before a timetable can be established. It's obviously a massive blow to the Dodgers and to fantasy owners even if his absence winds up being relatively brief. The Dodgers have yet to decide who will start in Kershaw's place on Friday.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Clayton Kershaw is heading to Los Angeles to visit a back specialist.

Kershaw, who has been battling lower back discomfort for weeks, is hopeful that he'll make his scheduled start against the Rockies on Friday. If he's forced to miss any significant amount of time, it could be devastating to the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike.
Jun 28 - 6:17 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday's game that Clayton Kershaw has been dealing with lower back discomfort for the last few weeks.

That's what carrying the Dodgers' rotation will do to a guy. Kershaw had a rare off-night Sunday against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing four runs over six innings, but the Dodgers maintain that he'll be ready to make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Rockies.
Jun 27 - 4:41 PM

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