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Clayton Kershaw has herniated disc, won't require surgery

There is no official timetable for his return.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers gave an official announcement regarding the status of Clayton Kershaw, which had both good and bad news. The good news is that Kershaw will not require surgery, but the bad news is that he has a herniated disc in his back, with the club only saying they will know more about his recovery at a later date.

In other words, expect Kershaw to miss much more than the 15 days his stint on the disabled list will require. Manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Thursday's game in Milwaukee that it was unclear if Kershaw would be ready after the All-Star break.

Kershaw met with Dr. Robert Watkins on Wednesday in Los Angeles after experiencing lower back discomfort, something he has reportedly been dealing with for a few weeks. Kershaw last pitched on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

The Dodgers will officially place Kershaw on the disabled list on Friday, when they will activate new acquisition Bud Norris. Roberts said after Thursday's game that Norris will start on Friday night against the Rockies.