Clayton Kershaw's return to the Dodgers' rotation hit a major speed bump Tuesday.
On the disabled list since June 27 with a minor disk herniation in his lower back, Kershaw threw a four-inning simulated game Saturday. On Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media Kershaw "didn't feel great" on Sunday.
Roberts said soreness in Kershaw's back returned and that the team has shut him down until the pain goes away.
The timetable for Kershaw rejoining the Dodgers' rotation is now "uncertain," Roberts told the media, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"The next day he didn't feel great," Roberts said, according to the Associated Press. "At that point in time that let us know we needed to be a little more on the cautious side. ... Right now, with Clayton, I don't know if it is a step back, but we're going to let the back pain subside and see where it goes."
"We were hopeful to have something on the calendar, but obviously with the back you need to be extra sensitive," Roberts said. "As it stands right now, he is back in Los Angeles resting, flat on his back, not playing catch."
After Kershaw's last game on June 26, the Dodgers were eight games behind the Giants in the NL West. Entering Tuesday, they are 11-6 without Kershaw since his injury and have pulled to within five and a half games of their arch rivals.
“Clayton is going to do everything he can to get back. But, yeah, we’re better when he’s active, obviously. It’s something we’ve got to deal with. We’ve got to continue to try to win baseball games,” Roberts said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.