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Clayton Kershaw scratched from Sunday start versus Padres with upper back inflammation

Mar 26, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday night in San Diego because of inflammation in the upper left part of his back. An MRI was taken Wednesday morning and the results were negative, so it is being labeled a minor injury for now.

Kershaw made his 2014 regular-season debut last week in Australia, holding the Diamondbacks to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 Dodgers victory. One has to wonder whether the long flight back to camp in Arizona is what caused the upper back injury.

The date of Kershaw’s next start will be determined by his progress in side sessions over the next week.

Kershaw, 26, signed a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with Los Angeles in January.


UPDATE, 9:13 p.m. ET: A promising follow-up from Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports:

  1. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    The flight? As if he was flying coach… I’m sure it has more to do with the amount of pitches he threw in his first start to get to 6 2/3 for a win.

    • raysfan1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Prolonged exposure to whole-body vibration has long been shown to sometimes lead to back pain. It’s not just the seat.

  2. darthicarus - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Didn’t Adrian Gonzalez also have back issue after arriving in Australia? I don’t care if each player has a King sized bed to lounge on during the flight, it’s still got to be uncomfortable for anyone to fly that long.

    • bolweevils2 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Gonzalez always has back issues, so you can’t prove it either way by him.

  3. clydeserra - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    “I understand Kershaw fought the dodgers on this”

    Lets make sure they don’t compare him to the dirty foreigner…

  4. kingscourt25 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Puig has inflammation in his back: “He’s faking his injury and is a diva”

    Kershaw has inflammation in his back: “It was the flight”

    Disclaimer: I like Kershaw more than Puig

    • stex52 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Double standards? Us? Nahhhhhhh.

  5. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Oy vey. Another bad back? It has to be the flying.

  6. ggallin4evr - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Butt blasted.

  7. vpowered2 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Thousands of people fly from Australia to the U.S. and vice-versa everyday. Do they all get backups that require an MRI?

    • bsbiz - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      How many of them just got PAID before taking that flight? When you’re worth as much to your company as Kershaw is to his, you’ll get the same overabundance of caution.

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Thousands of people aren’t ace pitchers in MLB.

    • Tick - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Well, I guess if these thousands of people had every bit of their lives reported by the media, we could get that data to throw at your straw man argument.

  8. mc01hazer - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Try a Chiropractor!

  9. moogro - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Someone’s sending a strong massage.

  10. jrbdmb - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Kershaw: “my back hurts.”

    Obviously another clubhouse cancer that needs to be taught to respect the game ASAP.

  11. 4d3fect - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:25 AM


  12. sportsdrenched - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I knew that Wallaby was trouble.

  13. careyb44 - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    “Dodgers are somewhat optimistic Kershaw could pitch in their 2nd domestic series, against SF. He was symptom-free today. Being cautious.”

    Well this is just great!!!! More fallout from the ” well, why not open the season in Australia?” debacle
    We now how to define all series following as 1st domestic, 2nd domestic,..etc … @#$% itt.

    Thanks a lot, BUD!

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