Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws lightly off mound

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws lightly off mound
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)


Clayton Kershaw

threw off a mound for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list for an inflamed back muscle.

Before the Dodgers faced the

Arizona Diamondbacks

on Saturday, Kershaw threw 15 fastballs in the visitors' bullpen at

Chase Field

. He was throwing at less than maximum effort, according to Manager

Don Mattingly


No timetable has been set for the return of Kershaw, who is throwing almost daily to maintain arm strength.


Zack Greinke

will pitch Saturday for the Dodgers.

With left-hander

Wade Miley

pitching, the Dodgers are stacking their lineup with right-handed hitters.

Justin Turner

is starting over

Dee Gordon

at second base and the outfielders are

Matt Kemp


Yasiel Puig


Scott Van Slyke


Van Slyke faced Miley in the season opener in Australia and was two for three with a two-run home run.

The Dodgers lineup:

Yasiel Puig RF

Matt Kemp CF

Hanley Ramirez


Adrian Gonzalez


Scott Van Slyke LF

Juan Uribe


Justin Turner 2B

Drew Butera


Zack Greinke P