When you look at the majors, you can’t help but see that there are a ton of injuries plaguing this season. The Dodgers, unfortunately are no different. With slugger Matt Kemp sidelined with a hammy injury, it was reported that Javy Guerra would soon join him with knee inflammation. Today, Guerra went under the knife to repair a tear in his meniscus (in the knee). Although the surgery is minor, a knee injury to pitchers can potentially have long term affects, as major stress is put on the knee during the pitching motion. Luckily for Guerra, he is no stranger to surgery and has battled through Tommy John surgery before entering the majors.
Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who isn’t on the DL (don’t worry), is nursing a small injury of his own. While taking the no decision in Philly, Kershaw has been dealing with a case of plantar fascitis. It sounds like foot bacteria, but in reality it is an inflammation of the tissue that is on the bottom of your foot. It essentially connecting your toes, heel and arch of your foot together. Although there have been no signs of a DL trip of Kershaw, this too can be complicated as he pushes off the mound for a delivery. Skipper Don Mattingly reports that Kershaw is not feeling pain during pitches, but during running. If Clayton felt pain during his pitches, there is no way he would be discussing that with the media. The good news for him is he will not have to worry about running since the Dodgers play Seattle during an inter-league game this weekend so he can rest comfortably in the dugout.