Things could have been worse for Clayton Kershaw

 

Clayton Kershaw tendonitis
Clayton Kershaw is suffering from biceps tendinitis.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced MRIs have concluded that ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is suffering from left bicep tendinitis.

Last Sunday, the Dodgers placed Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list and sent him back to Los Angeles so that he could be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

With a firm diagnosis, Kershaw will begin rehabilitation on Monday.

There is currently no set timetable for his return to the mound, however, it is worth noting that Felix Hernandez missed 6 weeks with a similar injury last season and Danny Duffy missed five weeks with it in 2015.  That seems to set something of an unofficial timetable for Kershaw to return.

Kershaw is earning a reputation of being injury-prone as this makes three consecutive years in which the superstar hurler has been placed on the disabled list.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 1-4 so from with season with a 2.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over his seven starts.  Perhaps most concerning is that Kershaw’s fastball has been considerably slower this season, and as a result, he’s using it much less.

This isn’t the season that the Dodgers envisioned as Kershaw joins notables like Logan Forsythe, Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager and Justin Turner on the team’s disabled list.

Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that the team is “cautiously optimistic” about Kershaw.  He went on to add:

“If it was more of another part of the arm, it would be more concerning, but being the biceps we are more hopeful,” Roberts told reporters.

Rich Hill will be activated from the DL to take Kershaw’s spot in the rotation Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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