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Dodgers’ Mattingly: Kershaw’s Recovery ‘Going To Take Some Time’

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Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers leaves the field after being pulled during the opening match of the MLB season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers leaves the field after being pulled during the opening match of the MLB season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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 SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw probably won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible to be activated on April 14.

Says Mattingly: “This thing is going to take some time.”

Mattingly says Kershaw will likely have to make a rehab start before he can return.

Kershaw was placed on the DL on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back. He already had been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem.

Mattingly says Kershaw was supposed to have thrown before Tuesday’s game but didn’t because it was cool and damp.

Kershaw, the 2013 NL Cy Young Award winner, pitched in the Dodgers’ opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, winning his game 3-1 for his first win of 2014.

Also Tuesday, Mattingly said outfielder Matt Kemp is close to coming off the disabled list, but he’ll have to prove that he’s not afraid to slide into a base or stop quickly while rounding a base.

Kemp is rehabbing from ankle surgery.

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