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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Twitter / Dodgers: Today, Clayton Kershaw underwent MRI of his upper back that showed inflammation.

The sky is falling!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2014 at 09:41 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. T.J. Posted: March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4677633)
Roto draft this weekend. This will be interesting....
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4677638)
Sigh, Kershaw's back, Greinke's calf, Ryu's toenail, Beckett's hand, Billingsley's elbow... signing Maholm is looking better every day.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM (#4677644)
"Upper back" sounds much too close to "shoulder" for my taste.
   4. theboyqueen Posted: March 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4677660)
Today, Clayton Kershaw underwent MRI of his upper back that showed inflammation.


This statement, taken at face value, does not make much sense medically.
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:06 AM (#4677663)
Oh. ####. Hope it's not shoulder.
   6. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:41 AM (#4677675)
And this is why you don't give gigantic contracts with gigantic player options to pitchers, ever, kids.

From the ESPN article:

The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he did not believe the injury to the Teres muscle in his back was serious, and he said he is looking at it like he's simply pushing back a start, rather than missing one.


This translates as "It's absolutely definitely not the rotator cuff! Honest!"

Bad moon rising.
   7. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 08:14 AM (#4677686)
Incidentally (and perhaps morbidly), Kershaw is probably OK right now but he should be afraid next spring; there might be an official "every 25 years the celebrated Dodgers ace suffers a career-altering injury" curse getting started. Sandy Koufax's elbow blew up in March 1965 (though he just said #### it and pitched through horrific pain for two years before he couldn't do it anymore), and Orel Hershiser tore up his rotator cuff in April 1990.

Cue scare chord...
   8. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 27, 2014 at 08:38 AM (#4677693)
This translates as "It's absolutely definitely not the rotator cuff! Honest!"

Wikipedia says instead that it's the muscle that helps "in drawing the previously raised humerus downward and backward (extension, but not hyper extension)." IOW, rearing back to throw a pitch. And it "also helps stabilize the humeral head in the glenoid cavity," which sounds a lot like it helps keep the humerus from moving around and tearing the labrum.

So -- important muscle for a pitcher, a part of the shoulder system, but not one of the classic areas that we think of pitchers injuring in the shoulder. I wonder how this sort of injury would have been described 20 or 30 years ago, if it would have been "shoulder stiffness" or if it wouldn't have been remarked on at all.
   9. theboyqueen Posted: March 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4677823)
The teres is part of the rotator cuff.
   10. theboyqueen Posted: March 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4677824)
If it's really a muscle injury though, it should heal with rest.
   11. boteman Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4678031)
Tears of the teres cause tears.
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4678034)
The pain's mundane, it's mainly just a sprain.
   13. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: March 27, 2014 at 07:18 PM (#4678041)
Pain? Sprain? Pray for rain.
   14. Dan Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4678060)
His velocity looked low in the Sydney game to me, this seems to be the explanation. With the money they have invested in him, the Dodgers really need to put him on the shelf until he's 100% right. Hopefully discretion wins out over letting Kershaw get his way and merely "push back his next start by a few days".

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