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Kershaw’s Journey: From Surgery to Signing – Dodgers’ Key Addition for the Season Ahead

Kershaw underwent his medical evaluation at the Dodgers’ spring training site in Glendale, Arizona, early on Thursday. His anticipated sixth contract with the Dodgers, a one-year agreement featuring a player option for 2025, was slated to be confirmed later that same afternoon.

Having undergone surgery on November 2 to repair his left shoulder’s glenohumeral ligaments and capsule, Kershaw is now in the second week of his recovery process. Although the exact timeline for his return remains uncertain, Kershaw suggested a potential comeback around July or August. Following his media obligations, he promptly returned home to Texas and intends to rejoin the Dodgers in early March as he progresses in his rehabilitation.

Kershaw expressed a sense of relief in not having to rush for a full season’s preparation, noting the flexibility of being able to focus on being ready for a condensed sprint upon his return, rather than meeting the typical April 1st deadline.

In the interim, the Dodgers have several options to fill Kershaw’s absence, including Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, and James Paxton, who have joined a roster already featuring talents like Walker Buehler, Bobby Miller, and Emmet Sheehan.

Despite a shoulder injury sidelining him for much of July, Kershaw finished the 2023 regular season strongly, but struggled in the National League Division Series. Following the Dodgers’ playoff elimination, Kershaw deliberated his future, with the decision to undergo shoulder surgery ultimately driven by a desire to not end his career on a disappointing note.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, which includes multiple Cy Young Award finishes and consistent excellence despite injury challenges, Kershaw underwent his first major surgery, aiming to return to top form under the guidance of Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The Dodgers, who have pursued a significant offseason overhaul, marked Kershaw’s re-signing as a key addition to their roster, alongside other notable acquisitions. Kershaw expressed eagerness to be part of the team’s talented lineup and ambitious objectives for the upcoming season.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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