Updates from Tuesday, May 6
The Dodgers' official Twitter feed released Tuesday's lineup that features Clayton Kershaw's return to the mound:
#Dodgers lineup at Nationals: Gordon 2B Crawford LF Ramirez SS Kemp CF Ethier RF Uribe 3B Van Slyke 1B Butera C Kershaw P— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 6, 2014
Los Angeles also announced the roster move to make room for Kershaw's arrival:
Updates from Saturday, May 3
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com had the latest on on Clayton Kershaw's rehab as he tries to return to the starting rotation:
Clayton Kershaw just completed a bullpen session that sets him up to start Tuesday night in Washington.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 3, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 2
MLB.com's Ken Gurnick has an update on when to expect Kershaw back on the mound:
Kershaw said his bullpen session is tomorrow, indicating he starts Tuesday, not Monday.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 2, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 1
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register has the latest on Kershaw's status:
Updates from Wednesday, April 30
The Dodgers provide Clayton Kershaw's line from his rehab start:
Final line on @ClaytonKersh22 from Chattanooga: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 K -- 86 pitches/ 57 strikes.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 1, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 28
Anthony Witrado of ESPNLosAngeles.com provides a statement from Clayton Kershaw discussing his injury status:
"Not really," Kershaw said Sunday when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. "I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something. It's what they want me to do."
Bill Plunket of the Orange County Register confirms where Kershaw will be playing next, and when he will likely make his 2014 debut:
#Dodgers make it official -- Clayton Kershaw will make another rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga. Look for 70-80 pitches.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 29, 2014
That puts Kershaw on track to rejoin #Dodgers rotation during series in Washington next week (May 5-7).— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 29, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 27
Much to Clayton Kershaw's dismay, his next start will not be at the major league level, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Kershaw will pitch another minor league game.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 27, 2014
Updates from Saturday, April 26
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times provides an update on Clayton Kershaw's recovery:
Kershaw pushing for his next start to be in majors, according to Mattingly. Medical staff wants him to pitch in minors again.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 26, 2014
ESPN.com's Mark Saxon has an update on Kershaw's rehab:
Neither Kershaw nor the team is ruling out the possibility his next start could be in the major leagues.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly originally said Kershaw would need at least two minor league outings as he works his way back from an inflamed teres major muscle near his left shoulder.
But that was before Kershaw needed just 56 pitches to strike out six of the Houston Astros' Class A batters, allowing two hits, including a home run to infielder Carlos Perdomo.
"I don't know yet," Kershaw said when asked where he'd like to pitch next. "I'm not sure what I want to do or the team wants to do or if they align or anything like that. I'm not planning on any confusion, though."
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com and Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times report on the latest news regarding Clayton Kershaw:
Kershaw rehab start Friday for Rancho Cucamonga.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 23, 2014
Kershaw will need more than one start in minors, Mattingly said.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 23, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
The Dodgers posted a video of Clayton Kershaw playing long toss on their Twitter account:
Updates from Sunday, April 20
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com confirms Clayton Kershaw is tossing to catcher A.J. Ellis:
Clayton Kershaw, preparing for today's simulated game, long-tossing with A.J. Ellis.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
12 days after knee surgery, A.J. Ellis is catching in full gear. Well ahead of that 4-6 week estimated rehab.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
Don Mattingly standing at the plate as Kershaw warms up in the bullpen.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
Kershaw finished three innings at 50 total pitches.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
Kershaw said he was at full effort.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times provided a synopsis of Kershaw discussing his injury status:
Kershaw said he assumes rehab start is next step.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 20, 2014
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register continued with an additional statement from Kershaw:
Clayton Kershaw said "everything felt good." Full effort? "For 10 am simulated game that's probably all I've got." #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 20, 2014
Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times provided a statement from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly prior to Kershaw's participation:
If Kershaw comes out of his Sunday effort OK, Mattingly was uncertain what would come next.
“It’s probably too early for a timetable,” Mattingly said. “He just seems to be stepping forward. But obviously as we get moving he’s going to have to go out and throw somewhere.”
Mattingly said he wasn’t sure whether Kershaw would need more bullpen sessions, simulated games or some combination before going out on a rehab assignment.
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has an encouraging update on Clayton Kershaw's rehab:
Kershaw threw 35 pitches, with a five-minute break in between to simulate the up and down of an inning. He threw breaking balls off a mound for the first time and finished with a lively fastball that appeared well in excess of the mid-80s restriction he's been under.
"He had a little more velocity, but I didn't see any 95s," said Don Mattingly, the manager of expectations with Kershaw. "He threw harder than the day before. He'll throw every other day."
Kershaw still needs to continue building arm strength, but he appears healed from the teres major muscle strain he suffered in Australia. Mattingly would not speculate when Kershaw would be ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
Updates from Saturday, April 12
Orange County Register reporter Bill Plunkett has an update on Kershaw:
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw threw off bullpen mound today. 15 pitches. Only fastballs. Still "submaximal." Small step forward.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 12, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 1
The Los Angeles Dodgers released a statement on Clayton Kershaw's injury and recovery:
Clayton Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2-3 weeks before being reevaluated again.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 1, 2014
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times provided an update on Kershaw's status:
Mattingly: Kershaw injury probably will require minor league rehab. "In my mind, it's going to take some time."— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 1, 2014
#Dodgers haven't put timetable on Kershaw injury rehab, but it's clear they're measuring his return in weeks, not days.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, March 30
ESPN's Buster Olney provides an update on Clayton Kershaw's status just as Sunday night's game against the San Diego Padres began:
Best way to describe situation with Clayton Kershaw: Uncertain. Has the same type of injury as Jurickson Profar. Return date is unknown.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 31, 2014
Mattingly on Kershaw's situation: "Whatever it is, we're going to take the time to get it right."— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 31, 2014
Kershaw is maintaining a consistent 5-day work regimen, although today his simulated outing was 25 sprints in the outfield. Had a stopwatch.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 31, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 29
The Dodgers announced they have placed Clayton Kershaw on the DL:
Don Mattingly: We optioned Jose Dominguez and we're going to DL Clayton Kershaw. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 29, 2014
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times initially reported the news and details:
#Dodgers put Kershaw on DL— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 29, 2014
Mattingly on decision to put Kershaw on DL: "We're going to protect him from him." #dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 29, 2014
Defending National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the San Diego Padres after undergoing an MRI that showed inflammation in his back, the Dodgers announced Wednesday.
Today, Clayton Kershaw underwent a MRI of his upper back that showed inflammation. He will be held out of his scheduled start on Sunday.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2014
The severity of the inflammation is unclear, and the Dodgers did not indicate when Kershaw suffered the injury. The team said doctors will be monitoring his progress in the interim and have a recovery timetable when they get a better idea of how Kershaw is responding to rest. There was no announcement about whether he will hit the disabled list.
Kershaw briefly spoke about the injury:
"It's nothing to be worried about, but it's really frustrating. If I had to push tomorrow, I could probably do it." -Clayton Kershaw— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2014
Kershaw, 26, threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks this past weekend in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia. After struggling mightily throughout spring training, Kershaw's return to form was a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers. He struck out seven batters and was in control of nearly his entire repertoire, walking just one.
As Bleacher Report's Zach Rymer noted, the Australian audience didn't seem to notice any signs of injury:
I love the Australians oohing and ahing at Kershaw's slider. They're just like us.— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) March 22, 2014
"Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of a regular-season game, and I just kind of feel relieved to get this one under my belt," Kershaw told reporters, according to The Associated Press (via ESPN). "It's always good to get results, obviously. This one counted."
Los Angeles went 2-0 on the trip Down Under and resumed spring-training activities upon returning to the States.
Given the rest time between the Australia trip and Sunday's game in San Diego, Zack Greinke or Hyun-Jin Ryu are the likeliest replacement options. Ryu went five scoreless innings in a 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks in the second game of their series. Greinke had a slow start to the spring, but he has been rounding into shape of late.
That said, who starts the team's opening night stateside is secondary to the long-term health of Kershaw. The Dodgers signed their ace to a record seven-year, $215 million extension this offseason, the largest deal for a pitcher in history and highest annual salary of any player in MLB. A two-time Cy Young winner, Kershaw has made at least 30 starts in each of the last five seasons and has been one of baseball's most reliable pitchers.
Holding him out of Sunday's start seems like a precaution at this point, but back injuries are notoriously fickle. One little tweak while trying to rehab the injury, and Kershaw could end up on the disabled list. With the Dodgers coming into 2014 with World Series expectations, Kershaw is the last player they can afford to lose for an extended period.