On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that reigning Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw would be out at least two weeks before being reevaluated.
That essentially took him out for the month of April because he would need a rehab assignment before returning to the big leagues. The news followed the news that Josh Beckett would also need a rehab start and preceded the news that reliever Brian Wilson was heading to the disabled list.
Now, according to Ryan Walton of Valley Bay News, it seems as if Kershaw’s injury continues to get worse:
Talking with people in and around #Dodgers organization last night and this morning, there is a belief that Kershaw could be out until June
— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonVBN) April 2, 2014
Many were expecting a May return and just a month off, but not a June return would be two months for the Dodgers to be without their ace. Kershaw started the opening game in the Australia series and earned the victory, but was placed on the disabled list before the restart of the regular season with some inflammation trouble in his back. Initially, it was said that Kershaw would miss one or two starts before making his way back into the rotation.
If Kershaw is out, the Dodgers will need Beckett to return rather quickly or be forced to bring up a starter from the minor leagues. Right-handed prospect Zach Lee could find himself in Los Angeles, unless the team goes with experience in Stephen Fife or Matt Magill. The trip to the disabled list was the first in Kershaw’s career and comes in the season after he signed a record-breaking seven-year, $215 million contract extension. It brings bad memories for Dodger fans, who saw Matt Kemp suffer through two injury-plagued seasons after signing his large contract extension.
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