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Clayton Kershaw has plantar fasciitis

Jun 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Plantar fasciitis can be a nagging, serious injury for position players, but the Dodgers are downplaying news that reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw has been diagnosed with the foot injury.

According to manager Don Mattingly he only feels the discomfort in his foot when he’s running and it has no impact on his pitching, so the Dodgers’ training staff is “trying different tape and things at night to help it go away.”

For a pitcher obviously a foot injury is a whole lot better than an arm injury, but plantar fasciitis tends not to go away quickly and enough position players have struggled to play through it that it’s natural to wonder if Kershaw’s mechanics could be negatively altered by the pain.

Mattingly revealed to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Kershaw been getting treatment for more than a week already. He allowed three runs over seven innings against the Phillies in his last start Monday and allowed a season-high five runs over 5.2 innings against the Brewers last week.

  1. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    RA Dickey had it, IIRC, and it didn’t affect him much.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    He needs to drink two glasses of acai juice every day for a couple of weeks, then tail off to one glass every morning. Go ahead and laugh. It knocked mine out in a couple of weeks after three years of medication, stretching exercises and physical therapy didn’t do shit for it – and it never came back.

    • whatthehellisansky - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      In that case, I hope hes reading this post!

    • Alex K - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      I took Gator’s suggestion to heart and it helped mine out, too.

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Yeah, the stuff is pretty effective. It’s good, too. I prefer the Sambazon brand, since it’s strictly organic and processed immediately after the berries are picked, before they can lose much of their strength. Those things are so loaded with polyphenols and in such concentrations that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory value is just tremendous. Bom Dia is another good brand. Sambazon also makes a terrific Acai sorbet, and sells packets of unsweetened acai pulp that I mix with Motts light apple juice or grape juice,a few bananas, blueberries and strawberries (or whatever’s hanging off my trees in any given season) to make my daily protein and high fiber smoothie.

        I generally buy the packets, or the bottled juices, without guarana added. Guarana sounds exotic but it is just caffeine, coming from berries from a shrub that is in the coffee family.

  3. jarathen - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Tim Salmon had it, and it really dragged the tail of his career down.

  4. ncphilliesguy - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I can pitch with my plantar facitits, don’t feel it. But playing third and running the bases is really tough. I am going to try the acai juice.

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