Back on June 30 when Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list with back troubles (disc herniation), many believed his season – and by extension, the Dodgers’ season, was effectively over. Apparently, the Dodgers’ ace has something to say about that.
For years Kerhsaw has carried the Dodgers on his back. While some sarcastically joked that caused his back problems in the first place, it seems the greatest pitcher in the world also has the strongest back in the world.
An injury that has stopped countless others in their tracks, may have merely caused Kershaw to take a short break, from which he is expected to return before any of us dared dream.
On July 10, before the Dodgers’ last game before the All-Star break, Kershaw threw a 10 minute, 25-pitch bullpen session. It was the first time since going on the DL that he threw off a mound.
Following up on that successful session, Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session yesterday. His back is improving so rapidly that manager Dave Roberts has dangled the prospect that Kershaw may avoid a rehab assignment altogether. Said Roberts, “We’re just really encouraged right now by the direction that it’s going.”
The next step for Kershaw will be throwing a simulated game against hitters this Sunday, according to Andy McCullough of the LA Times.
If everything remains on track, Kershaw will be in line to return to the Dodgers’ rotation next Friday, when they open a weekend series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.