The Dodgers season began in Australia nearly two weeks ago but the good vibes from Kershaw's first start have quickly diminished after the 2013 Cy Young winner was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his back and shoulder. The DL stint is the first of his career but the injury has understandably caused fantasy owners to panic. However there is reason to believe the injury is not as serious as it could have been and the long-term effects currently appear minimal.
The exact location of Kershaw's injury is the teres major, a muscle that extends from the inferior border of the shoulder blade (scapula) to the upper arm bone known as the humerus. Its main responsibility occurs during internal rotation of the arm but it also pulls the arm toward the midline of the body in a motion known as adduction.
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