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Clayton Kershaw will not require hip surgery

Oct 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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Matt Kemp is set to undergo shoulder surgery tomorrow, but his teammate Clayton Kershaw will have a normal offseason.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed this afternoon that Kershaw will not require surgery on his right hip.

Surgery was mentioned as a possibility after Kershaw was scratched from consecutive starts due to a hip impingement. If surgery was deemed necessary, he could have been at risk for missing the first month of the 2013 season. But it looks like the Dodgers caught a break.

Kershaw, 24, led the National League with a 2.53 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this season and finished second behind R.A. Dickey with 229 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings. Dickey appears to have the momentum for the National League Cy Young Award, but you can’t say Kershaw didn’t put together a solid case for a repeat.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Last year’s AL Cy Young award winner was, of course, Justin Verlander…teammate of triple crown winner Miggy Cabrera.

    (less than 24 hours — I can make it…)

  2. istallion - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    CK is a beast. Too bad Dodgers did not give him much run support.

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