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MLB roundup: Kershaw placed on DL

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after he said a day earlier that he no longer felt back pain while playing catch.

Kershaw will not pitch in the Dodgers' domestic opener against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The move is retroactive to March 23, which makes the left-hander to return on April 7.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, who tore a toenail during his first start on March 23 in Australia, will pitch Sunday night after indicating the pain is gone.

Kershaw pitched 6 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' opener in Australia last week against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing five hits and one run in picking up the victory. After returning home, Kershaw informed the team that he felt pain in his back.

---Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said right-hander Doug Fister may miss three weeks to a month because of a lat-muscle strain he sustained on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

It was reported by MLB.com on Friday that Fister would start the season on the 15-day disabled list. Williams confirmed that news Saturday, giving a more approximate timetable for his return. Fister had elbow problems early in spring training but seemed to be recovered from that injury and was expected to be ready to start a game during the second week of the regular season. That was before Fister had to leave Thursday's game with the lat strain.

Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark had been competing for the fifth and final spot in the Nationals rotation, but with Fister sidelined, it appears both will be in the rotation when the season starts.

---Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a shoulder strain.

Chacin did not appear in a spring training game and only pitched in bullpen sessions. He will stay in Arizona to rehab while the team travels to Miami for its opening series against the Marlins.

In addition to Chacin, left-hander Boone Logan was placed on the DL. Both moves are retroactive to March 21. The club also optioned right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Another starter, Tyler Chatwood, was scheduled to be evaluated on Saturday after he injured his left hamstring while legging out a triple on Friday night.

---Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino injured his right hamstring in Saturday's spring training finale and was scheduled to have an MRI.

Manager John Farrell said Victorino's status for Monday's season opener is questionable, according to ESPNBoston.com. Farrell said Jackie Bradley Jr., who was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, could be called back up if Victorino needs to be replaced. Jonny Gomes, the Red Sox's fourth outfielder, would likely start in place of Victorino if he cannot play.

Meanwhile, contract extension talks between the Red Sox and starting pitcher Jon Lester are being put on hold, according to the Providence Journal. General manager Ben Cherington told the newspaper the two sides decided to "hit the pause button" on the negotiations after hoping to have a deal worked out by Opening Day. Lester, 30, has one year left on his contract.

---San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will start the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

The Padres will have a starting outfield of Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and Seth Smith with Quentin and Cameron Maybin on the DL.

Quentin, 31, had a batting line of .275/.363/.493 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs in 82 games last year. He goes on the DL for the seventh time in his career. He has never played more than 131 games in a season and has only exceeded 100 games three times in his eight-year career.

---Atlanta Braves reliever Cory Gearrin could be the third pitcher on the team this spring to have Tommy John surgery.

Gearrin, 27, left his last spring outing with right elbow discomfort and is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews next week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are out for the season because they need Tommy John surgery.

Left-hander Ryan Butcher was recalled from the minors to take Gearrin's spot on the roster.

---The New York Mets optioned veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

Matsuzaka struck out eight batters and walked none in five scoreless innings on Saturday in an exhibition game, but the team decided to reassign him. ESPNNewYork.com reported that Jenrry Mejia will begin the season as the Mets' No. 5 starter.

The Mets may call Matsuzaka up soon. Because he has six years of major-league experience, he can opt out of his one-year deal on June 1 if he is not on the major-league roster by then.

---Toilets and floors in the coaches room at O.Co Coliseum were flooding before Saturday's exhibition game between the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants.

The Coliseum had similar plumbing problems at least twice last year. It is the fourth-oldest park in Major League Baseball. The A's recently signed an extension on their lease that keeps them there through 2015.

Maintenance workers were on the scene before the game, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

---Three minor league pitchers were suspended Saturday for violating baseball's drug policy.

Major League Baseball announced that Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Feny Aria, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Geremia Espinosa and free agent righty Elou Jean were banned 50 games each after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. Aria and Espinoza pitch for teams in the Dominican Summer League.

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