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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spine expert thinks Clayton Kershaw unlikely to need back surgery


Clayton Kershaw is out indefinitely with a back injury, and there were recent reports that he could need season-ending surgery. However, one spine expert thinks Kershaw is unlikely to need surgery.

LA Times Dodgers reporter Andy McCullough shared the information via Twitter Wednesday:

Let’s make it clear that these comments do not come from a doctor who is actively treating Kershaw, but rather someone who is a leader in the field.

Kershaw has been on the DL since late June with a mild herniated disc in his lower back. He attempted to throw a simulated game over the weekend but it didn’t go well, leading the Dodgers to shut him down indefinitely.

Perhaps some rest will help the southpaw recover. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA this season. The Dodgers would love to have him back this season and have to be thrilled at the prospect of him avoiding surgery.

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