Clayton Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2-3 weeks before being reevaluated again.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 1, 2014
Kershaw was placed on the disabled list on Monday with inflammation in his upper back muscle; however, the date of placement was retroactive to March 23rd, which lead us to believe that Kershaw would only be out until April 7th. That no longer seems like the case. Earlier this week Kershaw tried to play catch, which again gave Dodger fans some early hope, but still felt some discomfort while doing throwing so the Dodgers shut him down.
The reigning Cy Young Award Winner made one start in the 2014 regular season when he tossed the opening day game in Sydney, Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that game he look liked his typical Kershaw self as he tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, five hits, and striking out seven. He made 102 pitches in the game and all seemed normal after the game and the next day. However, Kershaw began feeling pain in his back before the team departed from Australia.
Whatever a “submaximal throwing program” is, it probably isn’t good because I’ve never heard of it before. What we can expect is that Kershaw will be out for the majority of April and that we won’t know much until he is re-evaluated in 2 to 3 weeks. Let’s all hope for the best. The Dodgers cannot compete for a championship if their best player is riding the pine.