Baseball Notes: Dodgers place Kershaw on DL

Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw has a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw has a swollen muscle in his left upper back. (         REED SAXON /Associated Press)
Posted: March 31, 2014

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.

Los Angeles is 2-0, having swept a series against Arizona in Australia.

Jeter honor cut short

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who will retire after this season, was honored during a short ceremony at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla, then saw his final spring training game, against the Miami Marlins, rained out. A video tribute was played on the scoreboard before Jeter was introduced to a standing ovation.

Dice-K rolls to Vegas

The New York Mets optioned righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka to the triple-A Las Vegas 51s.

Bad stuff in Oakland

Oakland Athletics coaches were sent scrambling after toilets in the home clubhouse backed up before Saturday's exhibition against the San Francisco Giants at the Coliseum. Plumbing problems have plagued the aging stadium in recent years.

Injury report

Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren said that righthanded reliever Cory Gearrin has a "significant injury" with "ligament involvement" to his right elbow and will go on the disabled list. . . . The Washington Nationals placed righthander Doug Fister on the 15-day DL with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back.

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