The Los Angeles Dodgers received some good news on the injury front in regards to both starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Dave Roberts originally announced that Clayton Kershaw would not be picking up a baseball until he was “asymptomatic”, meaning that he would not throw a baseball until he showed no symptoms of his back injury. This was reported by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times on July 25th.
Dave Roberts says Kershaw has no official timetable. Kershaw is on medication, won't throw until asymptomatic.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 25, 2017
Now it is July 29th and Clayton Kershaw was throwing at Dodger Stadium, way ahead of what anyone would have predicted, which means that the back injury must not be affecting him anymore.
To everyone’s surprise, the Dodgers tweeted out this photo of him throwing in the outfield before Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants.
Good morning. pic.twitter.com/FFcFCJxo18
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 29, 2017
Dave Roberts has said that there is still no timetable for Kershaw’s return.
Roberts also released news on Adrian Gonzalez who was rumored last week to be nearing a rehab assignment. It has now been confirmed that Adrian Gonzalez will be sent out to Oklahoma City for a rehab assignment, then will follow by going to Rancho Cucamonga.
Gonzalez will go on rehab assignment at OKC next week. Will also play with Rancho Cucamonga after that.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 29, 2017
Gonzalez has missed a great portion of the 2017 season due to injury. It is unclear whether or not he will still have a position in the starting lineup when he returns due to both Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor performing at an elite level.