Clayton Kershaw injury update: Dodgers pitcher has shoulder inflammation, expected to throw ‘soon’

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is dealing with shoulder inflammation and he’s expected to resume throwing soon, manager Dave Roberts revealed Sunday.

Roberts said Kershaw is taking anti-inflammatory medication to deal with the pain and doesn’t need an MRI. The update comes after Roberts said Friday that the left-hander would be shut down indefinitely for “an arm kind of thing,” and didn’t reveal any other details.

“It’s just the shoulder, probably inflammation getting ramped up,” Roberts told reporters, via “Says he continues to feel better. When he will throw a baseball, probably soon.

Roberts reiterated that Kershaw will remain the Dodgers’ opening day starter.

“He’s in a good place. He feels good. He understands that it’s a process,” Roberts continued. “We’re all on the same page. We don’t want to rush him back. If we’re going to take a few days to take a step back, let’s take advantage of it. In talking to him, he’s encouraged. Speaking honestly, there’s no reason he won’t be an elite pitcher with his pitch mix, irregardless of velocity. I believe and the organization believes that. But Clayton’s got to believe that.”

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When asked if the Dodgers are concerned about the inflammation, Roberts said: “Not at all. It’s better now than later. We have plenty of time to address this, reset and see where it takes us. We’re hopeful. Talking to Clayton and the training staff, there’s no cause for concern.”

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million extension in November to remain with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.73 ERA in 2018. Kershaw is 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA in 11 MLB seasons, all with the Dodgers.

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