Dodgers ace and reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is going to be on the shelf longer than first anticipated. Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list this past weekend due to a back injury, but it was initially thought that he wouldn't need to miss much time.
But then this happened Tuesday:
Clayton Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2-3 weeks before being reevaluated again.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 1, 2014
This means Kershaw's chances of pitching in the entire month of April are in jeopardy.
Without Kershaw, the Dodgers have Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren in the rotation. Josh Beckett won the fifth starter job out of camp, but he wasn't in the Dodgers' plans until a fifth starter was first needed -- which is still several weeks away. So we should expect to see Paul Maholm making starts pretty soon, too.
Kershaw, 26, is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in one start this season. He has led the majors in ERA in each of the past three seasons, winning the Cy Young twice in the process.