Ace race: Dodgers lose Clayton Kershaw, Cardinals gain Chris Carpenter in NL wild card race
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Sep 19, 2012
Louis Cardinals in the wild-card race by a game, are bracing for news that Clayton Kershaw might be out until at least May because of right hip surgery. When the Dodgers travel to Cincinnati for another pivotal three-game set with the NL Central-leading Reds on Friday, they will be forced to find a replacement for Kershaw. Kershaw, who was scratched Sunday from a start and has been dealing with pain for about a week, will find out for sure when he gets a second opinion Tuesday. Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York examined Kershaw's ailing right hip on Tuesday and agreed with the previous diagnosis made by team physician Neal ElAttrache that the 24-year-old left-hander has an impingement of the right hip, meaning the joint is pinched during rotation of the hip while pitching. He hasn't pitched since Game 7 of the World Series because of thoracic outlet syndrome, a career-threatening condition which required surgery in July that included the removal of a rib.