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Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list

Mar 29, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue L.A. reports that the Dodgers have placed starter Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with back inflammation. Stephen adds that Kershaw felt something awry when he threw today from an increased distance and intensity. They can place Kershaw on the DL retroactive to March 23.

Kershaw was already expected to miss his next start after making the Dodgers’ Opening Day start in Australia against the Diamondbacks.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will start on Sunday in San Diego in the Padres’ home opener, and on Friday against the Giants in the Dodgers’ home opener.

  1. cackalackyank - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Ouch.

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Dodgers fans need to hope that this is not the start of a negative trend. The Dodgers are one of the early popular picks to win it all. However, the Dodgers will not be the same team without a healthy Clayton Kershaw, who may be the best pitcher in the league. He clearly defines his team when they are at their best. That being said, they are still a very good team, but who can come close to replacing Kershaw.

  2. Professor Fate - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    An inauspicious start to a new season and new contract. Now I’m not so upbeat about that Australia exhibition.

    • clydeserra - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      he has flown to africa before. I dobn’t think you can blame the trip.

      • paperlions - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        After flying to Africa, did he engage in high-level athletic competition? He may have had minor back inflammation after those flights as well, not like guys do on the DL during the off season.

      • clydeserra - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        good point

  3. markofapro - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Any of that airplane/ Africa stuff is conjecture.

  4. markofapro - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Meant to say Australia

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Australia, Africa: same thing. “Nope”?

  5. clydeserra - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    its ok, they have Haren who will never be injured and super effective…

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