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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Undergoes MRI, Recovering from Back Issue



It was a shocker when Clayton Kershaw was scratched ahead of his opening night start for the Dodgers. The report, a back issue suffered days before could not get well enough in time to face the Giants.

Manager Dave Roberts said he felt good and was in good spirits while handing the ball to rookie right-hander Dustin May in Kershaw’s stead. On Friday, Clayton updated the media on a conference call.

I felt so good going into the season. The timing couldn’t be worse… it’s defeating.

Perhaps in less good spirits today.

Moreover, the long-time LA ace said that nothing was out of the ordinary in regards to the workout that caused the flareup.

On Kershaw today, Dave Roberts confirmed that the 32-year-old lefty did undergo an MRI examination on Tuesday, which thankfully came back clean.

[It] came back clean, and that’s the most important thing. We’re all encouraged. 

Additionally, Roberts said the plan for Kershaw is “keep his arm moving” while continuing to undergo treatment. While his next turn in the rotation would come on Wednesday in Houston, Doc was not ready to commit to any one pitcher for that outing. Emergency starter Dustin May may be in line to take that start if Kershaw doesn’t get well in time.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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