The hip problem Clayton Kershaw experienced late in the season shouldn't affect the Dodgers' interest in signing him to a long-term contract extension, General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday.
"I think that he came out of it pretty well," Colletti said on the last day of baseball's general managers' meetings in Indian Wells.
Kershaw missed a scheduled start in San Francisco in mid-September because of pain resulting from a damaged labrum in his hip. He returned to pitch three more times.
"I think his next-to-last start may have been his best start of the year," Colletti said of a game in which Kershaw held the Colorado Rockies to five hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings.
Near the end of the season, the Dodgers' medical staff decided Kershaw wouldn't have to undergo surgery, which could have sidelined him for the first month of next season.
Kershaw, 24, won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. He is under contract for next year at $11 million and will be eligible for salary arbitration in 2014.
The Dodgers presumably would be able to sign Kershaw to a more cost-effective deal this winter than they would after he becomes a free agent.
"I think we'll probably sit down and talk about it once we get past this period of time, the free agent period of time," Colletti said. "We signed him for another year, there's another year after that. That said, if there's a common ground on both sides, it's worth investigating."
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