Dodgers scratch Kershaw from Game 2 start

12:03 PM ET

ARLINGTON, Texas — Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his Game 2 start in the National League Championship Series because of back spasms, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday morning, about six hours before the first pitch.

Tony Gonsolin, a rookie, will start in Kershaw’s place.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “the likelihood is very good” that Kershaw will pitch at some point in this series, but the team is unsure when that will take place. Kershaw went through his dry work and played catch at Globe Life Field in the early afternoon, a routine he usually goes through the day before his start, but Roberts said Kershaw will not start Game 3. A Game 4 start is seemingly the most likely outcome.

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Kershaw initially suffered back spasms while throwing his normal between-starts bullpen session on Saturday. The Dodgers, Roberts said, “tried to kick the can down the road as long as we could and today he just woke up and felt that it wouldn’t be smart.”

“Each day, Clayton got a little bit better,” Roberts added. “Our goal was to have him start tonight, but it just never got to the point

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