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Clayton Kershaw Close To Returning From Injury

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is nearing a return from the DL

When Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was placed on the DL for a herniated disk in his back, the Dodgers fan base took a collective gasp. Those gasps were lightened a little when an MRI showed that Kershaw would not need surgery to repair the disk. What it did show was an injury that would keep the Dodgers ace out for an extended amount of time.

Kershaw was transferred to the 60-day DL and is eligible to return on August 27th.

Getting their ace back will mean the world to a team that has been decimated with injuries. A lot of the injuries has come to the starting rotation; Kershaw, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood, and Brandon McCarthy are also on the shelf.

Prior to the DL stint, Kershaw was making his case for the NL Cy Young award after posting an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA in 121 innings.

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported that Kershaw indicated that he felt “100 percent” after throwing a bullpen session on Saturday. Following that good news, Kershaw is expected to join the Dodgers on the road in Cincinnati in the next couple of days.

Through all of their injuries, the Dodgers have found a way to win. They have tracked down and passed the San Francisco Giants in the NL West (0.5 game lead). Good pitching has been the key so far as the Dodgers rank 6th in the majors in ERA with a 3.79 and 2nd in batting average against them with a .230 mark. Kenta Maeda leads the team with a 3.29 ERA even though Kershaw owns a 1.79 ERA, Clayton does not have enough innings to qualify for the stat.

With two aces on the DL in Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw, it is entirely possible that the Dodgers win the NL West. Kershaw should be back within the next few weeks or even days. It will be interesting to see if Kershaw can reclaim his ace status after missing so much time with this injury. If he can and the Dodgers can get some other guys healthy, expect the Dodgers to be a force in the playoffs this season.