Clayton Kershaw avoids surgery on hip.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw battled injury during the final weeks of the season, but he will not need hip surgery to correct the issue.

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Clayton Kershaw avoids offseason surgery

The Dodgers got some good news on Thursday as Clayton Kershaw won't be having offseason surgery on his ailing hip.

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Clayton Kershaw should pitch Friday

Dodgers lefty threw pain-free bullpen session; in line to start Friday against Colorado.

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Clayton Kershaw Could Miss Start Of 2013 Season, Per Report

Clayton Kershaw missed his scheduled start on Sunday for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as expected since Friday, but his right hip injury could be much worse than that. The ace starter could miss the start of the 2013 season if surgery is needed, as is the fear among Dodgers officials.

Kershaw will meet with Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York on Tuesday to determine the next course of action for his ailing right hip. If Dr. Kelly recommends surgery, Kershaw could miss the start of next season, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

If Kershaw must undergo surgery to repair his ailing right hip, he isn't expected to be pitching in the major leagues until the middle of May, according to people familiar with his condition who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Kershaw was also scratched from his start on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, after taking a cortisone shot in his hip two days earlier. But he was able to start two days later, allowing just one unearned run in seven innings in Arizona.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Clayton Kershaw Will Miss Sunday Start, See Hip Specialist In New York Tuesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without Clayton Kershaw this Sunday, as the Dodgers ace will miss his scheduled start with hip pain. Kershaw had an earlier start pushed back due to the same issue. He will see a hip specialist in New York while the team travels to Washington for a series against the Nationals.

Stephen File will take his place on Sunday, according to David Vassegh of KLAC-570.

Kershaw missed his start at San Francisco last Sunday, but after a cortisone shot he was able to pitch two days later at the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made a strong showing there but took the loss despite only giving up one run over seven innings.

Kershaw has been key for the Dodgers this season, and he leads the league in strikeouts (206), WHIP (1.016), innings (206 2/3) and has the second lowest ERA (2.70).

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Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw Return To Starting Lineup For Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers added the two best possible players they could have to their lineup on Tuesday night as they begin a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw return after brief setbacks.

Both Kemp and Kershaw received a cortisone shot and missed games in San Francisco over the weekend. Kemp missed two games with left shoulder inflammation, and an MRI showed a frayed labrum, which isn't the best news one likes to hear for the team's best hitter. Kershaw had left hip inflammation and was scratched from his Sunday start against the Giants.

Both are back for the series opener in Phoenix. Kemp bats cleanup for the Dodgers, with Kershaw on the mound against Ian Kennedy. Here are the starting lineups from Chase Field:

Dodgers (74-67)

Ellis 2B
Victorino LF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Diamondbacks (69-72)

Eaton CF
Hill 2B
Kubel LF
Goldschmidt 1B
Upton RF
Montero C
Johnson 3B
McDonald SS
Kennedy P

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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