For the first time in his career,
Kershaw would have started the Dodgers' home opener Friday. Instead, Hyun-jin
"We're going to protect him from him," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers can activate Kershaw as soon as April 8. They have five off days within 15 days, starting Tuesday, enabling them to juggle their starters and buy time for Kershaw. They do not need to use a fifth starter until April 19.
The Dodgers signed Kershaw to a $215-million contract in January -- making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history -- because of his talent and durability. The two-time
In February, Mattingly said the Dodgers would carefully monitor Kershaw's workload this season.