Doctors say Clayton Kershaw can pitch
Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw saw a specialist Tuesday regarding his injured hip and received some potentially good news.
MLB.com reports Kershaw was told he can continue to pitch without injuring himself further. However, the Dodgers are being careful with the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Kershaw has been diagnosed with an impingement in his hip, meaning the joint is being pinched when Kershaw rotates his hips to pitch.
Because of the injury, and because Los Angeles does not want to further injure their young lefty, the Dodgers have not put him back into the starting rotation.
Kershaw so far in 2012 is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA and 206 strikeouts.
Kershaw is expected to start his throwing program again soon, according to MLB.com.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are battling for a wild card spot, trailing the St. Louis Cardinals, who hold the second wild card slot, by one game.
If Kershaw remains out, the Dodgers may look to Stephen Fife more down the stretch. The rookie has yet to win a game in his four starts this season (0-1).
The LA Times reports that surgery is still an option for Kershaw, which would cause the ace to miss the first month of the 2013 season.