Clayton Kershaw's return uncertain after ace shut down by Dodgers

July 20, 2016 - 8:34 am

[caption id="attachment_38690" align="alignright" width="150"] Clayton Kershaw[/caption] It looks like Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not be making a return to the mound anytime soon. Currently on the disabled list with a mild disk herniation, Kershaw had a simulated start on Saturday but continued to feel back discomfort. The Dodgers were hopeful that the 2014 National League MVP would make a return sometime this week, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw's return is "uncertain." "After he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn't feel great," Roberts said Tuesday. "I think that at that point and time he let us know that we had to be a little more on the cautious side. I don't know if it's a step back, but we're going to let the back pain subside and see where we go." Kershaw, who has an 11-2 record and an NL-best 1.79 ERA, has not pitched since a June 26 loss at Pittsburgh. He was placed on the disabled list later that week. The three-time Cy Young winner is not the only Dodgers pitcher who is dealing with an injury. Brett Anderson has been dealing with back pains since spring training, and Alex Wood has missed most of the season with an elbow injury. The Dodgers have put together an 11-6 record without Kershaw, but the number of injuries to the starting rotation may force Los Angeles to make a deal before the Aug. 1 trade deadline. For now, the Dodgers are first in the wild card standings, with the Marlins, Mets, Cardinals and Pirates close behind. Los Angeles likely will need Kershaw to return this season in order to clinch a playoff spot. "Clayton will do everything he can to get back," Roberts said. "We're better when he is active, obviously. It's something we have to deal with and we have to continue to try and win baseball games."