Los Angeles Dodgers beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw underwent main shoulder surgical procedure to restore ligaments and the capsule in his throwing shoulder, the lefty introduced on Instagram.
“This morning I underwent a surgical process to restore the gleno-humeral ligaments and capsule of my left shoulder,” Kershaw wrote on Instagram. “I’m grateful for the experience of Dr. Elattrache who carried out the surgical procedure. I’m hopeful to return to play in some unspecified time in the future subsequent summer time. Thanks in your prayers!”
The 35-year-old Kershaw has a big harm historical past, largely again issues, however has additionally skilled arm and elbow points all through his 16 12 months profession.
He says he’s “hopeful” to return in the summertime, however I’ve my doubts. I’m no professional, however I do imagine your shoulder is fairly essential for throwing a baseball.
Whereas Kershaw hasn’t launched any extra specifics aside from his Instagram put up, the concept his capsule wanted to be repaired means it was probably torn. A torn shoulder capsule is an extremely troublesome harm to bounce again from, particularly for an ageing beginning pitcher who’s nearer to 40 than 30.
One other Cy Younger successful lefty, Johan Santana, had the identical surgical procedure in 2010 and by no means really bounced again. He did return to pitch for a number of years after, however he was a shell of his former self. After struggling the identical harm once more in 2012, he finally retired. (RELATED: Celebrity Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Comes Out In opposition to His Staff Honoring Group That Mocks Christianity, Nuns)
Kershaw, after spending his total illustrious profession in Dodger blue, is about to hit the open market as a free agent for the primary time in over a decade. Whereas the Dodgers have clear wants within the beginning pitching division, this surgical procedure clearly places his standing up within the air.
There are additionally rumblings the Texas Rangers, recent off a World Sequence win, might attempt to court docket the 2014 MVP. He’s, in spite of everything, a born and bred Texan.
Solely time will inform if Kershaw returns to an enormous league mound. Advances in medication and restoration strategies do give modern-day athletes the possibility to bounce again in methods beforehand considered unattainable (see: Aaron Rodgers). However nonetheless, a torn throwing shoulder isn’t any joke, and Kershaw’s unhealthy again received’t make the method any simpler. I hope we haven’t seen the final of quantity 22.
Even when Kershaw by no means takes the mound once more, the four-time Cy Younger winner is a shoe-in for the Corridor of Fame.