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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)

PHOENIX --

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

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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.

Co-ace

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

and

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

SS

Adrian Gonzalez

1B

Scott Van Slyke LF

Juan Uribe

3B

Justin Turner 2B

Drew Butera

C

Zack Greinke P

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