The Dodgers have had a season filled with injuries, their depth being the only thing keeping them competitive. On Tuesday it was announced that Kershaw’s recovery assignments would be shut down to soreness in his back after participating in a simulated game on Saturday. Unfortunately, the news gets worse.

On Wednesday Dave Roberts told reporters that back surgery is not out of the question for Kershaw. Though he remains optimistic that Kersh will start again this season, the fact that surgery is even being brought up in discussion raises red flags.

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Alanna Rizzo made sure to follow up with fans letting them know that this in no way is an official statement, simply just Roberts’ opinion on the possibility of Kershaw needing surgery.

In other injury related news, Chris Hatcher was sent to the disabled list with an oblique issue. Hatcher suffered from oblique issues last year as well that put him on the disabled list. To fill the void, the Dodgers called up Charlie Culberson who we haven’t seen in quite a while! He gets the start on Wednesday at short stop to fill in for Seager, who is out with a stomach virus.

The Dodgers are still only 4.5 games behind the Giants and are first in the wild card race, even with all of these injuries. The resilience and talent of the club is evident. Hopefully they can continue to shine without their star pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and shine even brighter when he makes his return! Again, there is no timetable set on Kershaw, but Roberts remains optimistic that we will see him on the mound before the season is over.

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