Clayton Kershaw shut down indefinitely due to lingering back pain
Dark days continue for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation.
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday, three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw “didn’t feel great” after throwing a simulated game over the weekend and has been shut down indefinitely until his back pain goes away, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.
Clayton Kershaw "didn't feel great" on Sunday, Dave Roberts said. He's shut down until his back pain goes away. His return? "Uncertain."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 19, 2016
The ace lefty has been on the disabled list since the end of June with a mild herniated disc in his lower back. The last we heard of Kershaw’s recovery was that he wasn’t going to be ready to make his first start post-All-Star break, and now it sounds like he is in danger of missing significant additional time beyond that.
True to form, Kershaw has had another masterful season in 2016 with an 11-2 record, a league-leading 1.79 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and 145 strikeouts in 16 starts. But the Dodgers’ staff has been decimated by injury with Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Brett Anderson all on the disabled list as well. The team may have to continue to weather the storm for a while longer.