DODGERS’ GREAT CLAYTON KERSHAW WON’T BE BACK ANYTIME SOON

By Harry Allison

There’s bad news about Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers’ great lefty experienced a setback in his recovery from a lower back injury and the return of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace pitcher remains uncertain.

Kershaw, on the disabled list with a mild disk herniation, has not pitched since June 26 at Pittsburgh. He suffered his second loss of the season in that outing, when he gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings.

A day later, he was being examined for back issues that were being downplayed at the time, but he ended up on the disabled list by the end of the week.

The Dodgers felt he might be ready for a return on the current road trip that ends Sunday at St. Louis, but discomfort after a simulated start Saturday at Dodger Stadium has nixed those plans.

“Clayton, after he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn’t feel great,” manager Dave Roberts said before last night’s series opener against the Nationals. “I think that at that point and time he let us know that we had to be a little more on the cautious side.

“I don’t know if it’s a step back, but we’re going to let the back pain subside and see where we go. So as far as his return … uncertain.”

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