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Hiroki Kuroda gets MRI exam on ailing neck, will start tonight

Sep 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda‘s previous neck problems have resurfaced, causing the Dodgers right-hander to alter his mechanics with poor results, but he’s expected to make tonight’s scheduled start against the Pirates after undergoing an MRI exam yesterday.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the MRI exam showed “his neck problems aren’t as severe as they were two years ago, when they forced him to miss the opening round of the postseason.”

Kuroda also has plenty of monetary motivation to continue pitching, as the 36-year-old impending free agent is seven innings away from earning a $175,000 bonus and 17 innings away from getting another $200,000 bonus. “I want to pitch,” Kuroda told Hernandez. “You never know about the future.”

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