Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has gone right back to the disabled list after returning to the game briefly. His lower back received a strenuous ache because of which he will miss on-field action for some more time. The injury is similar to the one he sustained earlier which made him sit at the bench for five weeks last season. Manager Dave Roberts suggests that he could take another month before clearing on medical grounds.
“Don’t think it’s too serious. That’s a positive,” Roberts said. “But obviously, any time that he’s going to miss because of the back is disappointing. But to know that he will be back to help us win games this year obviously is encouraging.”
Playing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner experienced some tightness in the back during his five-inning outing at the game. He managed four hits and one earned run during his time on field.
ESPN Stas & Information suggests that all his 20 four-seam fastballs were 90 miles or slower. This is a disappointing record, considering the fact that none of his 1,142 four-seam fastballs were even close to 90 miles. The Dodgers have put him on the disabled list once again, but this could be a stressful decision, as they will be facing the Colorado Rockies next, who are the National League West leading team.
The left-hander, who is only 30-years-old has had a hard time fighting with injuries in the past two seasons. His back has troubled him on more than one occasion this time as well. Roberts revealed that his MRI scans didn’t show any tears, but it is highly likely that there is inflammation in his muscles. He was also given an injection for the same.
He also said, “Initially, resting is No. 1. Clayton is going to want to get back out there as soon as possible, which we appreciate and understand. But making sure that he’s well and good and ready to go — rest is a big part of it. It’s at the forefront of our mind.”
Before his start this week, he was on the DL for almost a month because of a left bicep tendinitis. Kershaw was also feeling the agony of his frequent injuries and said that he is “frustrated, disappointed I can’t contribute to the team. Being on the DL’s no fun.” He is 1-4 this season and his ERA rests at 2.76 in just eight starts. His career mark is way different with a 145-68 and 2.37 ERA. The seven-time All-Star is not in the right zone.
Roberts also noted, “The thing about Clayton, the great thing about the great ones is they can do things that are essentially superhuman and find ways to grind and still find ways to be great.”
The team is replacing the left hander with a right hander, calling Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team is already missing Hyun Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda, and Rich Hill from their roster due to various injuries.