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Los Angeles Dodgers Injury Updates: Clayton Kershaw Feels ‘100 Percent'

Weekly injury updates for the Los Angeles Dodgers. News on Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Andre Ethier and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

There's less than 40 games remaining in the regular season and the sprint to the finish between the Los Angeles Dodgers and rival San Francisco Giants is sure to be nothing but edge-of-your-seat exhilaration over the final two months of the season.

Can the Dodgers lock up their fourth consecutive NL West title? Or will the Giants—winners of three of the last five titles—win their first division title since 2012?

The answer to both of these questions will rely heavily on the health of both teams down the stretch as the Dodgers—the most injury riddled team in the Major Leagues—need to get fully fit in order to make a run at the postseason and beyond.

Since we last checked in on L.A.'s DL, pitchers Josh Ravin and Brandon McCarthy, both of whom just recently came off the list, were each placed back on the 15-day DL. 

Bud Norris and Adam Liberatore were activated off the DL, and Clayton Kershaw has moved closer to a come back.

Here's the updates:

Clayton Kershaw (herniated disc): Hold on to your Dodger hats, Kershaw could be ready to return to the team soon. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP threw off the mound and then flew to Cincinnati to join his team. After a bullpen session on Saturday, Kershaw told reporters that he feels "100 percent." He said there's still no timetable, but he's eligible to come off the disabled list on August 27th. That means he'll miss the series with S.F. but could be ready for the weekend set against the Chicago Cubs.

Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson has yet to make a rehab appearance after suffering two fractures in his back before the All-Star break. The earliest Thompson can return is Sept. 9th, and the outfielder still believes he's on track to return around that date.

Andre Ethier (fractured right tibia): Ethier is still in Arizona, but is progressing nicely as he is now running the bases at 75 percent, according to manager Dave Roberts. The Skipper also mentioned that Ethier has been cleared to face live hitting in a controlled environment at the team's facility at Camelback Ranch. Ethier will stilled need to make a rehab assignment once he's ready to play again, and it's doubtful he returns before mid September.

Rich Hill (blister): Hill skipped his rehab assignment and was sent to Camelback Ranch for a simulated game on Thursday. He threw 75 pitches and according to Dave Roberts everything went well. He quickly flew to Cincinnati is could make his Dodger debut on Wednesday against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue): Coleman has still not been activated off the disabled list, but he could be activated as soon as Tuesday when the Dodgers return to L.A. for a three-game series with the rival Giants.

Alex Wood (left posterior elbow soreness): Wood underwent surgery to clean up his pitching elbow and is not expected back until mid-September. Dave Roberts announced last week that if Wood is to return, it will be in the bullpen.

Chris Hatcher (strained left oblique): Hatcher was moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 20th and is not expected to pitch again this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis): After making just one start at the Major League level in almost two years, Ryu was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis and subsequently moved to the 60-day DL on August 1st to make room on the 40-man roster for the team's newest acquisitions. Dave Roberts confirmed on Thursday that Ryu wont be back this season for the Boys in Blue.

Scott Van Slyke (Right Wrist irritation): Van Slyke and the Dodgers are at a crossroads. It's been two weeks since he went on the disabled list and depending on how his wrist feels one of two options are on the table for the right-handed hitter. One, if he feels better he could come off the DL this week. Two, he could undergo arthroscopic surgery on the wrist, likely ending his season.

Josh Ravin (Right Triceps Soreness): Ravin landed on the disabled list last Sunday for the second time this season, but his triceps injury isn't considered to be serious. The earliest he can come off the DL is Aug. 29, but it's more probable that he returns to the team when rosters expand after Sept. 1.

Brandon McCarthy (Right hip stiffness): McCarthy acknowledged he was headed to the disabled list after a disastrous start last Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Thankfully, there is nothing physically wrong with Mac, but clearly there is something wrong mechanically. McCarthy may make a rehab start or two to try and fix his command issues once he's eligible to return, but there won't be much time before rosters expand. McCarthy's return this season will likely come down to the shape the Dodgers rotation is in heading into September. 

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