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Clayton Kershaw injury news: LA Dodgers bench Kershaw with back injury

Clayton Kershaw will miss his next start for the LA Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw will miss his next start for the LA Dodgers.
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Clayton Kershaw injury news isn't good for LA Dodgers fans. The Dodgers have scratched Kershaw from his next start due to a back injury. According to a report from MLB.com on Wednesday (March 26), the defending National League Cy Young winner was feeling some pain in his back and underwent an MRI. It was revealed that he has inflammation in the teres major muscle. This is the muscle that stabilizes the upper arm near the upper back and is quite important for a pitcher.

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With this discomfort and inflammation, the Dodgers have scratched him from pitching on Sunday (March 30) against the San Diego Padres. There has been no mention of the disabled list yet, but this is certainly something that the team wants to keep a close eye on. He is the ace of the pitching staff, so losing him before the real season even gets started (yes they did play two games in Australia) is not a step in the right direction for the team. He will be reevaluated over the weekend to determine what the next step should be in his rest.

Speaking about the Clayton Kershaw injury and whether they were concerned, manager Don Mattingly stated, "obviously enough to be careful. It's the beginning of the season. Reason to be overly cautious. We don't want to let it turn into something longer." Kershaw stated that, "It's probably nothing I'm too worried about; it's frustrating more than anything because of the timing. If I had to pitch tomorrow, I'd do it, I wouldn't feel great." Taking into account everything that he has stated, it appears that he is not too concerned about missing any more than that first start.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren are the candidates to make that start on March 30, with the tentative plan in place to have Kershaw make the home opener start for the LA Dodgers on April 4.

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