Clayton Kershaw diagnosed with right hip impingement

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Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw paid a visit to Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York on Tuesday afternoon for an examination of his right hip, then rejoined his teammates in the nation’s capital with decent news.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Kershaw was diagnosed during that exam with a right hip impingement. He does not need season-ending surgery and has been cleared to resume throwing side sessions immediately.

If Kershaw can pitch through a bit of lingering discomfort, he should be allowed to return to the Dodgers’ rotation by the end of the regular season. But if the pain proves to be too much, he will be shut down.

The 24-year-old has registered a fantastic 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 206/53 K/BB ratio across 206 2/3 innings (30 starts) this season. He is under contract for the 2013 campaign at a salary of $11 million.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.