Clayton Kershaw Injury: Latest Updates on Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher's Hip

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen their season go from promising to disappointing rather quickly, and Clayton Kershaw's injury is the latest setback.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2:15 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

It may be a little late for him to make much of an impact for the Dodgers this season—unless they're able to go on a huge run over the next week to shove themselves into a wild card spot—but there's still good news as far as Clayton Kershaw is concerned.

He appears to be returning before L.A. closes the books on 2012.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the hurler should be good to go for Friday's series opener against the Rockies, though nothing is set in stone—yet.

Hernandez reports that Kershaw threw a full-length bullpen session on Tuesday, and though he hasn't pitched since Sept. 11, he said he feels ready to go "as soon as possible."

As for whether he'll have to undergo offseason surgery, that's still up in the air. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3:32 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

He's baaaack.

Clayton Kershaw, who missed his last start and hasn't pitched since September 11 because of an injured hip, will take the mound Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The news comes from the Dodgers' official Twitter account:

Clayton Kershaw will be tonight's starting pitcher. #Gamer

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2012

The Dodgers remain three games out of the last wild-card spot and could seriously use their ace for the stretch run. "Gamer" is a good way to describe Kershaw, who has been lights out this season and will be coming back much earlier than expected.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:06 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The Dodgers might have some good news coming as they make a final push for the playoffs. ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted

Looks like there is a better than 50-50 chance Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers Sunday Night.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 22, 2012

Clayton Kershaw has been out since Sept. 11 with a hip injury, but it seems that the pitcher is finally close to returning to the mound. 

Los Angeles is currently two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the the last wild-card spot and is in the middle of a very tough series against the Cincinnati Reds.

With the Milwaukee Brewers also pulling ahead of the team in the standings, the Dodgers need all the help they can get.

Kershaw was in the middle of a hot streak before getting hurt, allowing three runs or fewer in nine straight starts. Hopefully for the Dodgers, he can pick up where he left off and help the team get back to the postseason.


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UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 17, at 11:41 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is expected to miss the start of next season if he is to have surgery to heal his injured right hip, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times

The earliest he would likely return to the mound for Los Angeles would be in mid May according to Hernandez. He is still awaiting a second opinion on the injury however.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

Despite celebrating a walk-off victory against St. Louis on Saturday night that tied them with the defending World Series champions for the second NL wild-card spot, the Dodgers won't be smiling today, as Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that Clayton Kershaw will be out "indefinitely" due to problems with his right hip:

Kershaw has an appointment with a hip specialist in New York on Tuesday and will join the Dodgers in Washington after that. Manager Don Mattingly said he has no idea when -- or even if -- Kershaw will pitch again this season.


Under normal circumstances, I would say this is cause for panic. After Kershaw, the Dodgers' rotation is filled with a collection of mediocre and back-of-the-rotation arms. 

However, since no one else seems to want to win the second wild-card spot, they might be able to hold off everyone else.



UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

2011 National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw will seek another opinion regarding his injured hip, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers' official Twitter feed:

Clayton Kershaw will miss his scheduled start tomorrow and will see a hip specialist in New York on Tuesday. Stephen Fife will get the call.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 15, 2012

This is bad news for a Dodgers team that has lost seven of its last 10 games. Kershaw's injury leaves them without an ace and makes their bid for an NL wild-card spot more difficult.

Stay tuned for more information.


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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6:09 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Clayton Kershaw is reportedly not going to make his next start. 

The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez passed along the news.

Kershaw will not pitch tomorrow. Fife starting in his place.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 15, 2012

This is obviously a big blow for the Dodgers, but at least the news is only attached to one start. It certainly could be worse, and it still might be. Hernandez added this: 

If there's any possibility of Kershaw further damaging his hip, he won't pitch again. "I promise you that," Mattingly said.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 15, 2012

So, it looks like the ol' wait-and-see approach—mixed in, of course, with a whole lot of hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Ken Gurnick of is reporting that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could miss his next start on Sunday, thanks to pain in his right hip, an injury that got worse after his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks:


In the aftermath, his hip was inflamed enough that he scrubbed a scheduled Thursday bullpen session. On Friday, he tried to play catch with trainer Sue Falsone watching, but shut down after a couple tosses and retreated to the trainer's room. He missed batting practice for the starting pitchers and didn't shag in the outfield.

The injury first hit Kershaw earlier in the week, and his scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday had to be pushed back as a result.

But now, it appears to be a lingering injury for the 24-year-old, a fact that is scary for Los Angeles, to say the least.

Kershaw is by far the team's best pitcher, posting a 12-9 record with an ERA of 2.70. His ERA is good for third in Major League Baseball, and he is also the team leader in wins and strikeouts.

The Dodgers already have a boatload of issues to deal with, including falling out of contention in the National League West, entering Friday 7.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

However, Los Angeles is still very much in the hunt for the NL Wild Card, as the Dodgers sat just two games back of a playoff spot when the sun rose on Friday. Still, their current playoff positioning is a far cry from where fans thought they would be after making a blockbuster deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Beyond Kershaw, the Dodgers don't have much to work with in their rotation. Sure, they are solid up and down, but nobody can make the kind of impact and give the team consistency that Kershaw does every fifth day.

Kershaw missing one crucial start during the month of September could be the difference in the Dodgers missing or making the playoffs. But if Kershaw is out for an extended period of time or is ineffective while potentially playing hurt, that could very well spell the end of the Dodgers' season.

Check this article periodically for all the latest updates on the Dodgers' ace.


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