MLB Injury Report: Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw On DL, Will Miss At Least One Start |

MLB Injury Report: Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw On DL, Will Miss At Least One Start

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has landed on the DL for the first time in his career with inflammation to the teres major muscle in his mid back. The move was made retroactively, which means that he is eligible to return to the rotation on April 8th if all goes well this week.

Analysis: Kershaw tested the strained muscle a couple days back and had some minor discomfort when attempting to throw at full intensity, which appears to be the main reason why the Dodgers decided to hold him out for a week or two to nip this in the bud before it becomes a lingering issue. The muscle in question, the teres major, is a small muscle that helps control motion at the scapula (shoulder blade) and rotates the arm inwards, which is most important during the acceleration phase of the throwing motion.

Any time a stabilizing muscle becomes inflamed or strained, it’s cause of concern when we’re talking about a pitcher of Kershaw’s caliber. However, this appears to be more of an acute inflammation more than an actual muscle strain and I think it’s a case of the Dodgers protecting their prized pitcher more than anything else. I’d expect Kershaw to be back in the rotation once his DL stint is over, barring a setback obviously. But at the end of the day, this isn’t something you should be overly concerned about long term. He’ll be back to his Cy Young winning ways in no time.

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Ziad graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. An avid Fantasy Football enthusiast, he brings with him a desire to introduce sports medicine to the reader and help better explain what to expect on the injury side of things. Ziad became a Board Certified Orthopaedic specialist in 2014, a distinction held by <10% of physical therapists in the country. Follow Ziad on Twitter (z_dahdul) for breaking injury news and analysis
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