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Dodgers waiting on Kershaw update

Ace in LA for back injury; DL a possibility for Pederson
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MILWAUKEE -- There was no news on Clayton Kershaw's back injury before Wednesday night's game with the Brewers, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had plenty of other updates.

He conceded that Kershaw hasn't thrown his between-starts bullpen session and wasn't playing catch on Wednesday, but added "we're still holding out hope" he makes his Friday night start. If not, Roberts agreed that Carlos Frias is the likely in-house option "in a dire situation for a day."

MILWAUKEE -- There was no news on Clayton Kershaw's back injury before Wednesday night's game with the Brewers, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had plenty of other updates.

He conceded that Kershaw hasn't thrown his between-starts bullpen session and wasn't playing catch on Wednesday, but added "we're still holding out hope" he makes his Friday night start. If not, Roberts agreed that Carlos Frias is the likely in-house option "in a dire situation for a day."

From the outside, Roberts said a trade for a pitcher by Friday is "a possibility. Anything's a possibility."

He said center fielder Joc Pederson's shoulder injury, while slightly improved from Tuesday night when he ran into the outfield wall, still could put him on the disabled list. Pederson was unavailable Wednesday.

Video: LAD@MIL: Pederson exits after crashing into the wall

Roberts said chances "are very high" that 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias is in the starting rotation through the All-Star break.

Roberts said Alex Wood (strained triceps) -- moved to the 60-day disabled list in a procedural maneuver to clear a roster spot for Wednesday starter Brock Stewart -- will throw off a mound in a week or two and could return by August.

And Roberts said Mike Bolsinger, who lost the fifth starter job, is pitching exclusively in relief at Triple-A and "throwing well."

On Kershaw, Roberts said the pitcher landed in Los Angeles on Wednesday and was getting scans of his lower back before being seen by Dr. Robert Watkins. Kershaw came up sore after his Sunday night loss in Pittsburgh.

Pederson, who slammed into the fence making a crucial catch in Tuesday night's 6-5 win, has a significant bruise of the right (non-throwing) A/C joint atop the shoulder, and Roberts said a decision on the disabled list would be made in two or three days if Pederson can't contribute.

"If you try to play both sides, it can linger all year," Roberts said about keeping Pederson active while injured. "With the All-Star break looming, to get him to full health is important. We're still holding out hope, but where we're at on the bench and if he can't help us win games with 11 days left to the break, the DL is a possibility."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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