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Clayton Kershaw return uncertain, still bothered by back discomfort

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw will not return to the Dodgers anytime soon, still feeling discomfort in his back, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday before the series opener against the Nationals. Per the reporters on site:

Kershaw threw a four-inning, 60-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, and the only question was how he would feel afterward.

The Dodgers' ace was placed on the disabled list on July 1 with a mild disc herniation in his back, and last pitched on June 26, in Pittsburgh. So far during his absence, Dodgers starting pitchers have averaged 5.08 innings per start, with a 4.80 ERA, though the Dodgers are 11-6 during that span.

This is the latest blow in the starting rotation that saw Hyun-Jin Ryu get placed on the disabled list earlier Tuesday with elbow tendonitis, shut down with left elbow discomfort after only one start back with the Dodgers.