The Los Angeles Dodgers returned from Australia on Sunday and held their first workout back in the U.S. on Tuesday. Getting back on the field came with bad news however, as Clayton Kershaw experienced tightness in his back, which an MRI later revealed inflammation. Kershaw was subsequently scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday and after some initial uncertainty, it appears Hyun-Jin Ryu will start in his place.

Returning stateside provided an opportunity for manager Don Mattingly and Yasiel Puig to clear the air following Mattingly’s critical comments of the outfielder’s mistakes in Australia. What was believed to be a meeting between Mattingly and Puig in fact included the entire team. Puig was reportedly receptive to his teammate’s opinions and asked that they help with his development.

 

Check out the biggest stories of the week:

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Guerrero out for freeway series with pulled muscle

Kershaw frustrated with being scratched from next start

Yasiel Puig asked teammates to help his development

Dan Haren or Ryu likely to start for Kershaw on Sunday

Kershaw to miss next start due to inflammation in back

Renovations for 2014 season at Dodger Stadium revealed

Dodgers ranked second in Forbes’ most valuable team

Seth Rosin and Javy Guerra claimed off waivers

Dodgers $235 million payroll leads all of MLB, Yankees in distant second place

Mattingly clarifies comments regarding Puig’s injury

Matt Kemp could be activated from DL on April 4

Alex Guerrero optioned to Triple-A, Carl Crawford reinstated

Four players added to roster for freeway series

Zack Greinke says he feels 100 percent, but needs to improve pitch count

Don Mattingly was critical of Dodgers letdown vs. Diamondbacks

Magic Johnson discusses helping Yasiel Puig mature

Yasiel Puig was voted second in most overrated player

Vin Scully discusses the trip to Australia and his photo op with a koala

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VIDEO: Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly Meets With Team, “Clears Air”

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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