Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Surgery may be looming for Kershaw

WASHINGTON — The Dodgers' pitching injury woes aren't likely to go away any time soon.

Manager Dave Roberts said surgery "is more of a possibility" for LHP Clayton Kershaw after a setback with the herniated disc in his back, and LHP Alex Wood will miss eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his elbow.

Kershaw has been out since June 27 because of mild disc herniation and felt discomfort after a throwing session Saturday. Roberts said no doctors told him surgery was more likely for the three-time Cy Young Award winner but inferred that based on the type of injury.

"With the way it flared up, it's more of an indication that surgery is more of a possibility obviously with the way his back responded," Roberts said Wednesday. "But we're still hopeful that he's going to be back. When you're talking about the back, (surgery is) always an option."

CUBS-MARINERS TRADE: Chicago filled its need for left-handed relief help, acquiring former Rays LHP Mike Montgomery from Seattle, along with Triple-A RHP Jordan Pries, for Triple-A 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach and Double-A RHP Paul Blackburn, according to several media reports. Montgomery, 27, has a 2.34 ERA in 32 appearances this season, 30 in relief.

A'S: LHP Rich Hill is doubtful to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Rays because of a blister on his pitching hand.

RANGERS: 1B/DH Prince Fielder might need season-ending surgery on herniated discs in his neck. OF Shin-Soo Choo also went on the DL with lower back stiffness.

RED SOX: RH reliever Koji Uehara went on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

TIGERS: RHP Jordan Zimmermann, out since July 4 with a right neck strain, is expected to throw a bullpen session today and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday.

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