Dodgers Ace Reportedly Will Miss Significant Time

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Baseball's best pitcher and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left Sunday's game against the Braves in the second inning with what was reported as lower back tightness. The expectation is he will be back in four-to-six weeks, though he still had to see back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Roberts said Sunday's issue with Kershaw's back was not the same as a year ago, describing it as more "muscular" and mentioning that there was no shooting pain down the star lefty's legs this time.

Kershaw struck out two, walked one and didn't allow a hit or a run while throwing 21 pitches before exiting.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without the best pitcher in baseball at the end of the day.

First, their initial reports were that this ailment was not almost as bad as in 2016, when the ace left-hander missed nine weeks with a herniated disc. The back aspect of things should be worrisome because a year ago he missed ten weeks for the Dodgers due to herniated discs in his back. He lasted two innings before leaving the game with back discomfort.

But the Dodgers are now deep enough into their season, and Kershaw is now deep enough into his career (10 years and 1,900 innings), that news (first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports) of another lengthy absence can not simply be brushed off as carrying no significance whatsoever.

The Dodgers led the NL West by 10 1/2 games entering Monday. Kershaw's form didn't look right from the dugout, so the team's trainer came out to check on him.

"We think he's good and we took him out for precaution", Baker said.

The impact on the Los Angeles Dodgers will be felt if Kershaw is not effective when he returns to action.

"We're trying to get guys out of the clubhouse", Roberts said. "We believe this team can do the job and win a World Series".

Dodgers: McCarthy threw a 25-to-30 pitch bullpen session before the team chose to put him on the DL. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with the GCL Nationals. He says he believes they are "two separate discussions, one to win the long but also the idea to have the pieces to win 11 games" in the playoffs, with the latter requiring a team to be a little top-heavier.

McCarthy has gone 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 16 starts this season with the Dodgers, while striking out 66 batters against 25 walks.

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