Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/20/12

Clayton Kershaw was back with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, one day after meeting with a hip specialist in New York about his ailing right hip. But the left-hander isn't particularly close to being able to pitch -- the Dodgers are taking a cautious approach with their ace.

Kershaw played catch off flat ground on Wednesday with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but the left-hander won't be cleared to pitch until he is pain free in his right hip.

"I just think he needs to be able to start doing everything he usually does without any pain at all," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't know if that's going to happen at all."

Mattingly said Kershaw would need to throw a bullpen session before pitching in a game, and as of Wednesday Kershaw had no bullpen sessions scheduled. Kershaw's health coupled with Tuesday's rainout has wreaked havoc with the Dodgers' rotation.

Rookie Stephen Fife already started in place of Kershaw on Sunday, and though the weekend rotation hasn't yet been announced Fife is on target to pitch Saturday in Cincinnati.

But with Tuesday starter Aaron Harang pushed to Wednesday's doubleheader in Washington, the Dodgers will have to scramble for a starter on Sunday. Either they give the ball to Harang or Josh Beckett on three days' rest or they give the start to John Ely, who won the Pacific Coast League pitching triple crown this year in his time with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Ely has a 20.25 ERA in two games in relief since getting promoted, but he might be the Dodgers' only decent choice. The only other option would be to use mostly relievers in a bullpen game.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Most strikeouts by a hitter in a single season
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LISTEN: Kevin Harlan saves MNF again by doing play-by-play of two idiots on the field

Jets security guards make best tackles of the night on fan rushing field

NFL changes stance, Titans and Browns can participate in ‘My Cause My Cleats’ campaign

Report: MLB smashed old revenue record in 2016

Percy Harvin out for season due to migraines

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ducks goalie had embarrassing reason for not playing in relief

Bruce Arians emphatically shoots down retirement rumor

Siemian out of walking boot; Broncos hoping he can play

Report: Harper seeking $400 million, likely to leave Nationals

Report: Aldon Smith setting up meeting to seek reinstatement

Rams players vent frustrations as losses pile up

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

MLB Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

Best of Yardbarker: CFB Championship Week chaos

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Joakim Noah’s contract is becoming worst deal in NBA

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

Final College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama reigns

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker