Clayton Kershaw Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Back and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Thursday, July 23, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is suffering from a herniated disc in his back. He went on the disabled list June 30 but did not need surgery. He is ready to return to the mound.

Continue for updates.

Kershaw Active vs. Marlins

Friday, Sept. 9

The Dodgers announced that Kershaw is starting Friday's game against Miami. 

Kershaw Comments on Recovery

Saturday, Sept. 3

Kershaw told reporters, "I think I'm pitching [in an MLB game] in four days, or five days," per Jim Alexander of the Press-Enterprise.

When asked if he has any doubt about whether he'll return this season, Kershaw said on Aug. 23: "That's such a hard question. I need to face hitters," per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. 

"I don't think pitching is a good thing for anybody's back," Kershaw said, according to Shaikin.

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Friday, Sept. 2

Shaikin reported Kershaw will start for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Saturday.

Kershaw threw two innings in a simulated game on Aug. 30, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. Manager Dave Roberts told reporters Kershaw would "in all likelihood" throw a minor league game next. 

Kershaw indicated he felt "100 percent" after throwing a bullpen session on Aug. 20, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

On Aug. 18, Plunkett reported Kershaw would rejoin the Dodgers on the road for their series against the Cincinnati Reds. 

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported Kershaw played catch prior to the Dodgers' game against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 7.

Roberts Comments on Kershaw's Recovery

Saturday, Aug. 27

Roberts said Kershaw will throw a simulated game on Aug. 30, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Kershaw Transitioned to 60-Day DL

Wednesday, Aug. 3

The Dodgers announced Kershaw will be eligible to return on August 27 after moving to the 60-day disabled list.

Kershaw's MRI Results Revealed

Thursday, June 30

The Dodgers announced, via Shaikin, that Kershaw's MRI revealed "mild disc herniation that will not require surgery."

Dodgers Need Kershaw Healthy to Compete for World Series

Kershaw is not only one of the most dominant starting pitchers in baseball, but he's also one of the most durable. He has landed on the disabled list just once—early in the 2014 season because of a back injury—across nine years in the majors.

Last year, the 28-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner dealt with a minor hip problem in July. It only pushed back his next start a few days, though. Los Angeles will hope he can continue to navigate his prime without any serious health setbacks.

One thing is for sure: L.A. needs a healthy Kershaw to make serious noise in the National League.


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