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Clayton Kershaw Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Herniated Disc

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Clayton Kershaw, the left-hander ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers left the game on Sunday after playing only two innings. He complained of tightness in the lower back area. This is the second successive season that Kershaw has suffered from back problems.

Kershaw was seen in pain after he threw a breaking ball to Tyler Flowers, the catcher of Atlanta Braves, in the second innings. Subsequently, trainer Nathan Lucero and manager Dave Roberts ran up to the mound and talked to Kershaw. A few warm-up pitches later, he stayed in the game and finished the inning.

How Serious is the Back Injury

Kershaw however got pinch hit in the bottom of the 2nd inning, thereby making the game on Sunday his shortest game start since 17th May 2014. As per reports of the initial diagnosis of the back injury, Kershaw is most likely to miss 4 to 6 weeks. Ken Rosenthal has however stated that this time period is just an estimate and that the injury layoff period can only be confirmed after Kershaw has undergone more tests.

After the game, the manager stated that more tests will be performed on the back and till then he will be placed on a ten day DL or disabled list. Roberts also confirmed to reporters that the team has fixed no timetable for Kershaw’s return as yet. The three-time Cy Young Award winner will visit Dr. Robert Watkins, the back specialist of the team, and only after that checkup will any further information be made available.

The manager has stated that he believes that the back injury is restricted to the muscles because the left-handed All-Star has told him that he had not felt shooting pains down his lower limbs. A herniated disk is known for causing radiating pain down the leg as a symptom.

A Look At His Season So Far

Kershaw’s season so far has been quite remarkable. He is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA which is a MLB best, 24 walks in 141⅓ innings, and 168 strikeouts. Of late, he was also hitting top form. After taking into account the 2 scoreless innings of the game on Sunday, he has allowed a total of 3 runs in the last 38 innings.

Kershaw had a herniated disc in 2016 and had missed ten weeks due to the injury. Hence, the current injury is a cause of worry for the Dodgers. The franchise had entered the Sunday game with a 10½-game lead in the National League West and the best baseball record. Thus, they have sufficient time for taking all necessary precautions to ensure that their star pitcher becomes healthy for the last stretch and the playoffs.

The roster of the Dodgers and its rotation has been quite strong, with 3.75 ERA posting in 78 starts. Only Arizona Diamondbacks with 3.52 ERA and the Washington Nationals with 3.59 ERA have better full-staff starting ERAs than the Dodgers. The 68-31 record of the Dodgers is the best in the National League. Their start has been 19-2, which includes 15 wins in a row.

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