Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Might Need Back Surgery, Season In Jeopardy

The prognosis of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is not looking promising. One day after announcing that Kershaw suffered a rehab setback, manager Dave Roberts said the ace might need back surgery. 

"With the way it flared up, it's more of an indication that surgery is more of a possibility," Roberts said.

That surgery would likely cause Kershaw to miss the rest of the season, although Roberts said the team was "hopeful" he'd return. 

Kershaw hasn't pitched since June 26th. Roberts said he wants to return this season. 

"He's disappointed because he knows he can help us," Roberts said. "But his focus is on getting back this year."

Kershaw was pitching great before getting shut down. Despite missing time, he still leads the MLB in ERA, WHIP and K/BB rate. He was the heavy favorite to win the NL Cy Young award. 

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