The San Diego Padres will miss Los Angeles' $215 million man Clayton Kershaw in baseball's stateside opener Sunday.
The 26-year-old Dodgers lefthander, coming off his second Cy Young Award, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
The Padres, who have a $90 million payroll, will face pretty much the rest of L.A.'s roster, which at $235 million is baseball's highest.
With Kershaw missing this start, the Dodgers will turn to lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0). The Padres will counter with righthander Andrew Cashner.