The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, and
two-time winner overall, underwent an MRI scan that revealed an
inflamed back muscle.
Kershaw pitched 6 2/3 innings of a season-opening win in
Australia last week without any setbacks, but will reluctantly
sit for the Dodgers' opener on home soil against San Diego on
"I really wanted to pitch," Kershaw told reporters. "I just had
to admit I don't feel right. I don't know how I did it. It's
probably nothing I'm too worried about."
The 26-year-old Kershaw is coming off a stellar 2013 season, in
which he posted a Major League-best 1.83 ERA and was again
crowned the league's best pitcher.
The Dodgers rewarded Kershaw with a record-breaking contract
worth $215 million in the off-season as they hitch their World
Series hopes to his left arm.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles;
editing by John
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