The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched was on June 26. He went on the DL with a mild disk herniation, and it doesn’t seem like he will pitch again anytime soon. Kershaw threw a simulated start on Saturday but then on the next day felt discomfort in his back and now is being shut down again. “Clayton, after he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn’t feel great,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. He added, “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. So as far as his return, uncertain.”

To the Dodgers credit, they have actually played pretty well in Kershaw’s absence. When Kershaw was healthy, the Dodgers were well below .500 in games that he did not start. So when he went to the DL people figured the Dodgers would really have struggled, but that hasn’t been the case. So far in his absence, the Dodgers are 12-6. The Dodgers currently sit at 53-42 and have a one game lead on the first Wild Card spot. They also are just 4.5 games back of the Giants in the National League West.

So the Dodgers have definitely been playing pretty good baseball without Kershaw, which comes as a little surprise. But there is no doubt that they will need him back soon. “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,” said manager Dave Roberts. So far this year Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He has been so good that not only was he the front runner for the Cy Young, many believed that he could have been the front-runner for the NL MVP. So even with how good the Dodgers have been without Kershaw, there is no doubt they need him back.

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