MLB notes: Dodgers' Kershaw not throwing in towel
By QMI Agency
|Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Mets at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., July 1, 2012. (DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters)
One day after visiting a hip specialist, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw resumed his throwing program Wednesday.
The left-hander got a second opinion Tuesday in New York from Dr. Bryan Kelly, who told Kershaw he could continue to pitch with causing further damage to his sore right hip.
Kershaw, 24, has an impingement, meaning the joint is pinched during rotation of the hip when he throws.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Kershaw played catch Wednesday -- something he was unable to do a few days ago. But Mattingly was uncertain if Kershaw would pitch soon.
"I just think he needs to be able to start doing everything he usually does without any pain at all," Mattingly said. "It's up to him, really."
Kershaw has a 12-9 record with a 2.70 earned-run average this season and leads the NL with 206 strikeouts.
DAUGHTER GETS RIB FOR SOUVENIR
Not only has Chris Carpenter recovered from surgery on his neck and shoulder, he brought a rib back with him -- as a souvenir for his daughter.
The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander is scheduled Friday to make his first start of the season after overcoming a nerve issue that caused numbness and tingling his right arm. He had surgery in July which involved removing his top rib and two neck muscles that connect to it to allow nerves to travel freely without getting pinched, Fox Sports reported Wednesday.
Carpenter said his seven-year-old daughter, Ava, asked him to bring home a souvenir from the hospital. "So I brought my rib back," he said. "We'll make it (into) a necklace or bracelets or something."
ORIOLES CALL UP TOP PROSPECT
The Baltimore Orioles have called up their top pitching prospect, 19-year-old right-hander Dylan Bundy.
Bundy, the fourth-overall pick of the 2011 draft, had a combined 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA at single-A Frederick and double-A Bowie.
Considered the top pitching prospect in the minors, Bundy was summoned to Seattle where the Orioles went through seven relievers in an 18-inning game Tuesday night.
In the short-term, Bundy was expected to help out in the bullpen.
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who has been sidelined more than one week with shoulder fatigue, had a strong bullpen session Wednesday. He told the Cincinnati Enquirer he needs two more bullpen outings to regain command of his pitches. The left-hander has 35 saves this season ... The Cleveland Indians have activated designated hitter Travis Hafner off the 15-day disabled list. The 35-year-old has battled injuries throughout the season and entered play Wednesday hitting .217 with four home runs and 22 RBI ... Montrealer and former major-league reliever Eric Gagne will be France's pitching coach at the World Baseball Classic, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will manage the Brazilian team.