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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has sore hip, scheduled to start Tuesday

September 09, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Giants and is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Sunday's start against the… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Sometimes you just can’t win.

Clayton Kershaw said he has been bothered since Friday with a sore hip, but insisted he felt good enough to start Sunday against the Giants.

Despite the significance of the game, however, the Dodgers elected to go the cautious route and scratched the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner.

Kershaw is now tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday in Arizona. The Dodgers are off Monday. It does, however, line him up to start the opener against the Giants in the Dodgers’ final regular-season series.

Kershaw, who has been pitching with plantar fasciitis in his left foot since early June, said the hip started to bother him Friday. Saturday he had an MRI exam and cortisone injection.

“I feel good enough to pitch,” Kershaw said. “It’s not my decision.”

Joe Blanton is scheduled to start Sunday evening in the series finale against the division-leading Giants. The Dodgers were already playing without star outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) and closer Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat).

Kemp is also expected to return Tuesday, and Jansen the following week.

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