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Dave Roberts: Back surgery is a “possibility” for Clayton Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers heads to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the timetable for ace Clayton Kershaw’s return to the team is “uncertain.” The lefty has been dealing with mild disc herniation in his lower back and has been on the disabled list since late June.

Kershaw threw a simulated game on Saturday and reportedly “didn’t feel great” on Sunday, according to Roberts.

Now, Roberts is saying that back surgery is a “possibility” for Kershaw,’s Alex Putterman reports. Roberts said, “With the way it flared up, it’s more of an indication that surgery is more of a possibility.”

Needless to say, that’s a scary thought for the Dodgers -- and baseball fans all around. Kershaw, 28, has baseball’s best ERA at 1.79 along with an 11-2 record, a 0.727 WHIP, and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings. He was certainly on his way towards winning another Cy Young Award.

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