Dodgers sending ace Kershaw home for tests on sore back

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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MILWAUKEE (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles this week for tests on his sore back.

Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he was still hopeful that Kershaw could make his next scheduled start Friday night at Dodger Stadium against Colorado.

The three-time NL Cy Young winner is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA this season. He lost his last start on Sunday in Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Roberts said Kershaw has been bothered off and on by a problem in his lower back.

''He's not any better, so what we're going to do, we decided to fly him back,'' Roberts said. ''Try to get him on a flight tonight or tomorrow first thing in the morning. He's not pitching here in Milwaukee, so as we looked at his Friday start, to give him a couple days back home makes sense.''

Kershaw has been on the disabled list only once in his nine-year career, in early 2014 with a strained shoulder.