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

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered ever World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the north... Full Bio

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