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.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.