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Clayton Kershaw could miss the start of next season if he needs hip surgery

Sep 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP

Clayton Kershaw was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start with a hip injury and will be examined by a specialist tomorrow to determine if he needs surgery, leading Dodgers fans to worry that the reigning Cy Young winner might be lost for the remainder of the season.

At this point, however, that might be the least of their concerns, as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw could miss the beginning of next season as well if he ends up going under the knife to repair a torn hip labrum.

In fact, Hernandez spoke to “people familiar with his condition” who say Kershaw likely wouldn’t be back in the Dodgers’ rotation until at least mid-May if he has the operation.

These next 36 hours or so figure to test Dodgers fans’ breath-holding ability.

  1. cur68 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Now that sucks. Dude’s been an absolute stud all season. Even if he doesn’t need an operation he won’t be the same guy who posted the 2.7 ERA. That hip has to be limiting him and it needs rest at a minimum. What’s more, if he does need surgery, but they elect to leave the operation till after the playoffs (providing the Dodgers get there), same thing applies. No scenario works out for Kershaw here & I don’t see the team making it far without him. I had such hopes for the Dodgers, alors . . .

  2. vanmorrissey - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Let’s see Colletti earn his money now and see who the Guggenheimer’s can afford after spending a ton on the lineup.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Echo chambers are fun! They’re loud and whacky and never have any end in sight!! Like a fun house, except instead of a menacing clown laughing at us in the mirror room, we’ve got snarky responses of bullshit rhetoric. Wheeeeeeeee!!!!

      • skerney - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:15 AM

        That Menacing Clown lauginh at you is Brian Sabean. And he is about to snuff out the Dodgers season with Joaquin Arias. Wheeeeeeeee!!!

      • skerney - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:15 AM

        That Menacing Clown laughing at you is Brian Sabean. And he is about to snuff out the Dodgers season with Joaquin Arias. Wheeeeeeeee!!!

  3. yahmule - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Kershaw’s last start came while he was affected by that hip injury and he gutted out the win. The guy has also pitched most of the season with the painful foot condition plantar fasciitis. He’s just a very tough and determined young man, who happens to build orphanages in Africa with his wife in their spare time.

    http://www.scpr.org/programs/offramp/2012/01/14/22153/dodger-clayton-kershaw-and-wife-ellen-help-african/

  4. AlohaMrHand - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Bills Lilly now Kershaw….what the hell Honeycutt?

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