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Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp.

Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session was cancelled, but only because the team can afford to be extra cautious this early in the spring:

“He’s been around for a while,” Mattingly said in Glendale, Arizona. “We know he’s young and he’s thrown a lot of innings and we won’t do anything to jeopardize him.”

Kershaw should be back on his normal routine by the weekend. He has already been named the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter and is not scheduled to appear in a Cactus League game until March 9. The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner posted a dominant 2.28 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 233 1/3 innings last season.

  1. cup0pizza - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    The best pitcher in baseball will be just fine.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      I totally agree, Roy Halladay reported to Clearwater in fine form.

  2. APBA Guy - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Drew-you need to do a Pitcher’s with Back Stiffness” list to compete with Craig’s BSOL list.

  3. APBA Guy - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Drew-you need to do a “Pitcher’s with Back Stiffness” list to compete with Craig’s BSOL list.

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