Clayton Kershaw’s rehab, for now, holds more hope than actual progress.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June 26 because of a herniated disc in his lower back. (Associated Press photo)


In a perfect world, the Dodgers could attack the trade deadline with some knowledge of whether or not Clayton Kershaw will pitch for them again this season.

Even that appears to be too much to ask.

Kershaw still hasn’t resumed throwing since he experienced a setback after throwing a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium last Sunday. The mild disc herniation in his lower back may still require surgery, but that hasn’t been determined yet.

In the meantime, Kershaw is following trainers’ orders for his rehabilitation, one day at a time. The left-hander had more hope than actual progress to report: He did some core exercises today, and that was about the extent of his update.

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Game 96: Washington Nationals add insult to multiple injuries.

On the same day the Dodgers learned Clayton Kershaw might need back surgery, his replacement (Bud Norris) was roughed up by the Washington Nationals in an 8-1 loss to the Nationals. The box score is here.

Pitcher Alex Wood is expected to miss another eight weeks too following an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow.

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Alex Wood has elbow procedure, season is in jeopardy.

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Alex Wood hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers announced today that pitcher Alex Wood will undergo “an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow” this afternoon in New York. The estimated recovery time is eight weeks.

Wood, 25, hasn’t pitched since May 30. He might not pitch again this season. Eight weeks from now is the middle of September — too late a juncture for the Dodgers to bank on Wood rejoining their rotation for the stretch run. Wood pitched out of the bullpen in his rookie season of 2013, and that might be the most realistic role if he is to rejoin the Dodgers this season.

Initially placed on the 15-day disabled list due to posterior elbow soreness, Wood was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 29.

Wood and Clayton Kershaw — who’s now out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his lower back — threw simulated games over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.

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Game 95: Life without Clayton Kershaw rolls on as Dodgers top Nationals.

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Chase Utley hit a home run in the Dodgers’ first at-bat Tuesday against Washington Nationals starter Reynaldo Lopez, who was making his major league debut. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers roughed up Washington Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, and moved 4 ½ games out of first place with an 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here.

Hyun-Jin Ryu joined Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list, and Kershaw is no closer to coming off the DL. Columnist Jeff Miller contemplates life without Kershaw.

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Game 92: Chris Taylor makes his mark in the desert.

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The Dodgers acquired Chris Taylor (center) from the Seattle Mariners in June for Zach Lee. (Getty Images)


Chris Taylor had six RBIs, including a grand slam for his first major league home run, in the Dodgers’ 13-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The box score is here.

Andre Ethier‘s fractured right tibia hasn’t completely healed, and the veteran outfielder has no timetable to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Clayton Kershaw might return as early as Thursday against the Washington Nationals.

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