Initial reports via Ken Rosenthal are reporting that Clayton Kershaw will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Of course there has been no official word from the club yet, and according to the reports Kershaw has not seen back specialist Dr. Watkins either.
Sources: Initial prognosis is that #Dodgers’ Kershaw will miss 4 to 6 weeks. Final determination will be made after he sees Dr. Watkins.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2017
There has been no diagnosis released as well. Dave Roberts confirmed that it could be a muscle issue and that Kershaw did not experience the same symptoms as he did when he suffered his herniated disk that kept him out for two months late last season. Thankfully they have a 10.5 game lead in the NL West.
As for now it is expected for Kershaw to be placed on the 10-day disabled list, although there has been no official release from the club. I expect for that to come soon too. Oh and FYI Brandon McCarthy is going on the disabled list as well with wait for it….a blister problem. SIGH. Actually only 4-6 weeks is pretty good to be honest. It could be much worse. My guess is that Kershaw returns some time at the end of September to tune up before the postseason. In the meantime expect a lot of losing. And I mean a lot. Honestly Kershaw is not a kid anymore. He’s 28-years old and while he still is in his prime he’s definitely not a young man. He’s already got a lot of innings on his body.
Once again here we are late in the season and the entire rotation has already been on and off the disabled list. The Dodger rotation is once again in shambles because of injuries. Starting pitching is so important and the Dodgers are going to have to probably trade a prospect (gasp…OH NOOOOOO) to acquire a front line starter if they are going to win the World Series this year.
Yu Darvish would be a wonderful acquisition, and addition to the Dodger’s rotation, but it’s going to cost a lot in terms of prospects. A’s hurler Sonny Gray is a possibility and so is Justin Verlander, but Verlander has not been pitching well this year. The Dodgers better get someone good and quickly.
Paging Mr. Friedman, paging Mr. Friedman please report to your phone.