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Clayton Kershaw placed on “submaximal throwing program,” now likely to miss all of April

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Either the Dodgers are playing it extra-carefully with their $215 million ace -- which would be completely understandable -- or Clayton Kershaw’s back injury is more serious than anyone involved is willing to say. These updates come Tuesday from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times ...

Kershaw will be placed on a rehab that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2-3 weeks.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 1, 2014

The time table on when Kershaw might return to major league competition will be determined when he is re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 1, 2014

That makes it a near-impossibility that Kershaw will be able to return this month to the active roster, and it’s probably even safe to rule him out through the early part of May. Perhaps the Dodgers shouldn’t have allowed the 26-year-old left-hander to throw 102 pitches in his regular-season debut halfway around the world.

This is good news for the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez, who may have just become the favorite for the NL Cy Young Award. Adam Wainwright also now has better odds after last year’s second-place finish.

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