Clayton Kershaw needs 2-3 weeks of rehab before re-evaluation
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw needs an additional 2-3 weeks of rehab before his injured back is evaluated. He might miss all of April.
Dodgers ace and reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is going to be on the shelf longer than first anticipated. Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list this past weekend due to a back injury, but it was initially thought that he wouldn't need to miss much time.
But then this happened Tuesday:
Clayton Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2-3 weeks before being reevaluated again.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 1, 2014
This means Kershaw's chances of pitching in the entire month of April are in jeopardy.
Without Kershaw, the Dodgers have Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren in the rotation. Josh Beckett won the fifth starter job out of camp, but he wasn't in the Dodgers' plans until a fifth starter was first needed -- which is still several weeks away. So we should expect to see Paul Maholm making starts pretty soon, too.
Kershaw, 26, is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in one start this season. He has led the majors in ERA in each of the past three seasons, winning the Cy Young twice in the process.