No timetable yet for Kershaw's return to Dodgers rotation

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw remains without a timetable for his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation.

''All I know is that every day progressively he is feeling better, so that's encouraging,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

The three-time Cy Young winner underwent a follow-up examination with Dr. Robert Watkins on Saturday evening, but Roberts said he has yet to hear of any prognosis.

Kershaw received an epidural after complaining of back stiffness stemming from his most recent start. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after an examination with Watkins that revealed a ''mild disk herniation'' in his back.

The Dodgers have yet to begin mapping out a rehab program or a plan for Kershaw's return to the rotation.

''We're resistent to put a timeline on it, and we haven't gotten one from Dr. Watkins,'' said Roberts. ''I know how Clayton is. He wants to take it day to day, and get back as soon as he can, and that's what we expect from Clayton.''

Kershaw said Saturday that his back had not hurt when he pitched, but had been bothering him for an extended time. He said that it had been taking him longer and longer to get loose, and that until Monday he chalked it up to routine wear and tear.

Unbeaten in his 10 previous starts, Kershaw (11-2, 1.79) had his second-worst outing of the year last Sunday, giving up four runs on nine hits in a loss in Pittsburgh. He said that his back did not affect his performance on Sunday.