Kershaw has back strain, not herniated disk like last season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers say they're encouraged that ace Clayton Kershaw's back problem doesn't appear as dire as last season's injury.

Kershaw was put on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he left a start after just two innings. The left-hander leads the majors with a 15-2 record and a 2.04 ERA.

A report by Fox Sports said Kershaw would be out four to six weeks. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the team would have to wait and see how the star left-hander recovers.

Kershaw was sidelined for 2 + months last year because of a herniated disk. Roberts says this injury isn't as bad.

The Dodgers have the best record in the majors and a big lead in the NL West.

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