On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that reigning Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw would be out at least two weeks before being reevaluated.

That essentially took him out for the month of April because he would need a rehab assignment before returning to the big leagues. The news followed the news that Josh Beckett would also need a rehab start and preceded the news that reliever Brian Wilson was heading to the disabled list.

Now, according to Ryan Walton of Valley Bay News, it seems as if Kershaw’s injury continues to get worse:

Many were expecting a May return and just a month off, but not a June return would be two months for the Dodgers to be without their ace. Kershaw started the opening game in the Australia series and earned the victory, but was placed on the disabled list before the restart of the regular season with some inflammation trouble in his back. Initially, it was said that Kershaw would miss one or two starts before making his way back into the rotation.

If Kershaw is out, the Dodgers will need Beckett to return rather quickly or be forced to bring up a starter from the minor leagues. Right-handed prospect Zach Lee could find himself in Los Angeles, unless the team goes with experience in Stephen Fife or Matt Magill. The trip to the disabled list was the first in Kershaw’s career and comes in the season after he signed a record-breaking seven-year, $215 million contract extension. It brings bad memories for Dodger fans, who saw Matt Kemp suffer through two injury-plagued seasons after signing his large contract extension.

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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw To Miss US Opener With Back Injury

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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    […] The latest developments has taken Ryu’s situation and closely mirrored it to that of Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers’ ace was at first simply scratched from his scheduled start due to inflammation in his upper back. It was also not believed to be a serious situation, but it of course would later lead to Kershaw being placed on the DL and missing over one month of action, with some concern the injury could linger into June. […]

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