Clayton Kershaw needs 2-3 weeks of rehab before re-evaluation

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Clayton Kershaw may miss the entire month of April.
Clayton Kershaw may miss the entire month of April. (USATSI)

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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:

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.

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