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Clayton Kershaw to consult with doctors in Los Angeles

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to leave the team's current road trip and return to Los Angeles on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in order to have his lower back stiffness further examined.

Kershaw had his second worst outing of the season Sunday night against the Pirates, giving up four runs on nine hits. A day later, as the Dodgers finished up a four-game series at Pittsburgh, the three-time Cy Young Award winner was being examined for what was then labeled as minor back discomfort.

Manager Dave Roberts said he remains hopeful Kershaw can make his next scheduled start Friday at home against the Colorado Rockies.

"He's not pitching here in Milwaukee so as we looked at his Friday start, to get him a couple of days back home makes sense," Roberts said. "He will consult with the doctors when he gets back to L.A. and we'll see where it goes from there."