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Dodgers' Kershaw gets opinion from hip specialist

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has been examined by a hip specialist who says the Los Angeles left-hander can continue to pitch without risking damage to his sore right hip, but the Dodgers want to keep him sidelined if the pain persists.

The team said Kershaw would re-start a throwing program Tuesday, when the Dodgers’ scheduled game at the Washington Nationals was postponed by rain.

Kershaw was scratched from a start on Sunday because of the right hip. He is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA and NL-leading 206 strikeouts this season.

The Dodgers say Dr. Bryan Kelly, who saw Kershaw in New York, agreed with team physician Neal ElAttrache’s opinion that Kershaw’s joint is pinched during the hip’s rotation during his pitching motion.

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