Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is leaving the team’s current road trip to have his back examined by team doctors.
Kershaw felt soreness in his back Monday after starting the day before in Los Angeles’s loss to the Pirates. Kershaw will be examined by back surgeon Robert Watkins with the hope that he will still be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday.
“He's not any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. “We decided to fly him back to Los Angeles. He's not pitching anyway in Milwaukee. We'll give him a day or so to get ready after the flight. We are still hopeful for Friday.”
The Dodgers’ pitching staff has been beset by injuries this season, with starters Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy all spending time on the disabled list.
Kershaw is 11–2 this season with a 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts.