PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday morning that Clayton Kershaw was receiving treatment for minor back discomfort but insisted the issue did not affect his pitcher's six-inning start Sunday against the Pirates.
Kershaw gave up both his second-most hits (nine) and runs (four) in a start this season during Sunday night's 4-3 loss.
Roberts called Kershaw's lower-back discomfort an "off-and-on issue" but sounded far from concerned about it, saying Kershaw "absolutely" would make his next scheduled start, expected to be at home Friday against the Colorado Rockies.
In 2014, Kershaw fired a no-hitter against the Rockies at home, and he is 17-5 in his career against Colorado with a 3.20 ERA in 31 starts.
Kershaw was on the field Monday morning at PNC Park getting in his usual day-after-start workout before having the back addressed.
He did not talk about a back issue after Sunday's start, and Roberts addressed it Monday morning only when asked.