Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 19 Days

Clayton Kershaw (back) might resume throwing Wednesday.

The Dodgers are taking a day-by-day approach with their ace, who has been limited to conditioning workouts since landing on the disabled list with inflammation in his upper back. There's no exact timetable yet for Kershaw's return. The left-hander has been downplaying the injury, but Los Angeles management will continue to play it safe with the $215 million man. A minor league rehab assignment is likely in store.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 21 Days

Clayton Kershaw is maintaining a consistent 5-day workout regimen while sidelined with upper back inflammation.

On Sunday, that simulated outing was 25 sprints in the outfield. There remains no clear timetable for how long the Dodgers star southpaw will be on the shelf, but the team doesn't want to rush him back and risk further aggravation.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 22 Days

Dodgers placed LHP Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with upper back inflammation.

Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to some back tightness, and he felt some renewed discomfort while playing catch Saturday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has said he and the team plan to exercise caution with their ace. Kershaw downplayed the injury earlier in the week, so it'll be interesting to see how long his stay on the DL lasts.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 23 Days

Clayton Kershaw (back) played catch without discomfort Friday.

The left-hander has already been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday, but he's trending towards being ready to get back into the action sooner than later. Kershaw will throw again Saturday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw's next start is still as of yet undecided, but a start late next week is likely in the cards.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 25 Days

The Dodgers are exercising "extreme caution" in their handling of Clayton Kershaw's back inflammation, Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports.

Brown said Kershaw fought the Dodgers on the decision to scratch him from Sunday's start and that the team is hopeful he'll be ready for the following series against the Giants. It sounds as though it's minor and the team is just ensuring the injury doesn't turn into something more serious.

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The Dodgers don't have a timetable for Clayton Kershaw's return from inflammation in his upper back.

Kershaw will miss at least the next week, and his next start will be determined by how much the back progresses over that period. Kershaw felt tightness in his back during a workout on Tuesday, prompting an MRI. The results showed inflammation in his upper back. It's a huge loss for the Dodgers, especially with Kershaw fresh off dominating the Diamondbacks over 6 2/3 innings in Australia on Saturday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 25 Days

Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his Sunday start due to an inflamed back muscle.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 29 Days

Clayton Kershaw gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday as the Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1 at the season opener at Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia.

Kershaw allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five. The lone run scored on an RBI ground out by Mark Trumbo in the bottom of the sixth inning. While Kershaw had an awful spring, there's every reason to believe he'll be the best pitcher in the world again in 2014.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 Month

Clayton Kershaw had a rough start in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the White Sox, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

He punched out five on the evening while walking only one, but it wasn't quite the final tune-up that the Dodgers would've liked to see before next weekend's season opener. Adam Eaton smacked a solo homer off him in the first inning, and Avisail Garcia delivered the big blow with a three-run shot in the sixth. Kershaw now sports a 9.20 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 frames on the spring.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 Month

Clayton Kershaw turned in a decent effort against the Giants on Sunday, allowing a pair of runs on five hits over five innings of work.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner struck out one and didn't walk a batter in the game. His next Cactus League appearance will be pushed back a day, to keep him on his normal schedule for the regular season opener against the D'Backs in Australia on March 22.