The Dodgers have just announced that Clayton Kershaw will not make another Opening Day start this Sunday in San Diego, as he will be sitting out with back inflammation.
Mr. Greinke, time to step up.
Anytime you see "Kershaw" and "injury" next to each other, it's immediate cause for concern. But, I'm not freaking out over this at all. He said he felt tightness after a workout on Tuesday, and an MRI revealed an inflamed muscle in his upper back.
Not a sore elbow or shoulder. THAT would be cause for concern.
I would hope this means Zack Greinke will get the call instead, as he would be a clear #1 starter on just about every other team in baseball. He skipped the trip to Australia with a sore calf, but that was certainly nothing serious either, so I'd expect to see him go.
But then again, if not, Hyun-Jin Ryu is the next logical option, as he'll be on plenty of rest from pitching the second game against the Diamondbacks. We'll all have to stay tuned to see.