Clayton Kershaw joined another list for the first time on Saturday, however, this is one that nobody wants to be apart of. The ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been put on the disabled list.
The move means Hyun-jin Ryu will start Friday in the home opener. Ryu will have made his third start in the Dodgers’ first six games on Friday before any other pitchers in baseball have made a second start.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw experienced discomfort while throwing on Saturday. The Dodgers made the decision right away as Kershaw needed there to be no pain in order to stay off the DL.
“We’re going to protect him from him,” Mattingly said.
The Dodgers can activate Kershaw as soon as the series with the Detroit Tigers on April 8 but there are obviously no guarantees. Even if Kershaw is out longer, the Dodgers won’t need an extra arm since Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm will be in the mix.
Ryu, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren will start in the three-game series in San Diego that opens Sunday.