Clayton Kershaw scratched from Sunday start versus Padres with upper back inflammation

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday night in San Diego because of inflammation in the upper left part of his back. An MRI was taken Wednesday morning and the results were negative, so it is being labeled a minor injury for now.

Kershaw made his 2014 regular-season debut last week in Australia, holding the Diamondbacks to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 Dodgers victory. One has to wonder whether the long flight back to camp in Arizona is what caused the upper back injury.

The date of Kershaw’s next start will be determined by his progress in side sessions over the next week.

Kershaw, 26, signed a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with Los Angeles in January.

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UPDATE, 9:13 p.m. ET: A promising follow-up from Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports:

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.