The Los Angeles Dodgers will return back to action on Friday as they begin their road trip in Arizona vs. the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are coming off a much earned break as shortstop Corey Seager and closer Kenley Jansen participated in the All-Star game.
Clayton Kershaw was also selected to his 6th All-Star game, but didn’t participate due to rehabbing from a back injury. With the Dodgers getting ready to begin a 10-day road trip they announced their rotation following the All-Star break and Kershaw is not yet ready to return.
However, despite no official timeline having been set it seems Kershaw has one in mind, but isn’t ready to disclose when that will be.
“It just doesn’t make sense to share it. If I beat it, ‘Oh, you’re rushing back.’ And if I don’t, then it’s ‘Why not?’,” Kershaw tells Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett.
Kershaw had been in San Diego participating in All-Star game festivities before attending the 2016 ESPYS on Wednesday.
Kershaw is eligible to come off the disabled list when the Dodgers return from the All-Star break. On Sunday Kershaw threw approximately 20 pitches in a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium. Prior to the midsummer classic on Tuesday Kershaw spoke about his injury.
The Dodgers have not announced if Kershaw will make the trip to Arizona or if he will travel to Washington and St. Louis. According to Plunkett, Kershaw did receive good news from Dr. Robert Watkins regarding the likelihood of Kershaw developing chronic back problems.
“If something happens you’re always going to have to have some maintenance on it, to be sure,” he said . “But it’s a non-surgical injury.”
The Dodgers begin the second half of the season hoping to get key players back. They will head off to Arizona for a 3-game series beginning on Friday.
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