PHOENIX, AZ - FILE: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on August 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Clayton Kershaw was named the National League Cy Young Award winner on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for the past week, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly unvelied Kershaw’s ailment yesterday.
Mattingly said Kershaw took a funny step while running the bases Monday which caused him to feel the fasciitis. Mattingly added that Kershaw has said that he isn’t impacted by the fasciitis when he is pitching but only when he’s running.
At this point the Dodgers are "trying different tape and things at night" to help the fasciitis go away, according to Mattingly.
Kershaw has made two starts in the past week, facing off against the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies. Kershaw surrendered five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings versus the Brewers. The 24-year-old followed this lackluster performance by holding the Phillies to three runs on eight hits over his seven innings pitched Monday night.
Prior to these two outings, Kershaw had maintained an ERA of 1.97 this season. Kershaw now has a 2.55 ERA and 1.008 WHIP over his 12 starts.