Dodgers pitcher Kershaw has shoulder inflammation, expected to throw 'soon'

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is dealing with shoulder inflammation and is expected to resume throwing soon, manager Dave Roberts revealed on Sunday.

Roberts said Kershaw is taking anti-inflammatory medication to deal with the pain and does not need an MRI.

The update comes after Roberts said on Friday the left-hander would be shut down indefinitely for "an arm kind of thing" and did not reveal any other details.

"It's just the shoulder, probably inflammation getting ramped up," Roberts told reporters, via MLB.com. "Says he continues to feel better. When he will throw a baseball, probably soon."

Roberts reiterated that Kershaw will remain the Dodgers' opening-day starter.

"He's in a good place. He feels good. He understands that it's a process," Roberts continued.

"We're all on the same page. We don't want to rush him back. If we're going to take a few days to take a step back, let's take advantage of it. In talking to him, he's encouraged. Speaking honestly, there's no reason he won't be an elite pitcher with his pitch mix, irregardless of velocity. I believe and the organisation believes that. But Clayton's got to believe that."

When asked if the Dodgers are concerned about the inflammation, Roberts said: "Not at all. It's better now than later. We have plenty of time to address this, reset and see where it takes us. We're hopeful. Talking to Clayton and the training staff, there's no cause for concern."

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw signed a three-year, $93million extension in November to remain with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.73 ERA in 2018. Kershaw is 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA in 11 MLB seasons, all with the Dodgers.

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