The problems with injuries to pitchers continue for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the stretch run of the Major League Baseball regular season nears.
Dave Roberts the Dodgers manager said that surgery has become more of a possibility for ace Clayton Kershaw following a setback with his herniated disk he has in his back and Alex Wood another southpaw could miss as many as eight weeks following arthroscopic surgery to his elbow.
Kershaw has been sidelined since June 27 due to the disk problem and felt discomfort following a Saturday throwing session.
Roberts said no doctor has hold him that surgery was more of a probability for the triple Cy Young Award winner. However, doctors have inferred that based upon the type injury.
With how it has flared up, it is an indication that surgery is likely a possibility especially after the way the back responded following Saturday’s throwing session said Roberts.
However, Roberts added that the team is hopeful Kershaw will return but when it comes to backs, surgery is always a possible solution.
Kershaw is 11-2 this season and leads the National League in ERA with 1.79. Roberts said his ace was doing a more conservative routine of exercises and not taking part in any baseball activities as he has a goal of reducing the pain in his back.
The southpaw ace of the Dodgers does not have any shooting pain in the back, which would signal the injury was more severe.
Wood might be able to return in September following the removal of loose bodies from his pitching elbow. Roberts indicated that the calendar made the return Woods to the Dodgers starting rotations not likely, but hopes Wood, who is 25, could pitch out of his bullpen if he is healthy.
Wood had surgery Wednesday in New York that Dr. David Altchek performed.
Wood would certainly help if he could return in September, but Los Angeles needs to have Kershaw back if they want to remain in contention. Kershaw, said his manager, is attempting to keep teammates positive during his time on the sidelines.
The Dodgers were hit with more bad news as they lost Chris Hatcher a reliever due to pain he felt in his side Tuesday night while appearing versus the Washington Nationals.
Los Angeles put him immediately on their disabled list due to an injured oblique and has called up Charlie Culberson an infielder.
Hatcher becomes the 22nd player for the Dodgers this season to be placed in the DL.