Clayton Kershaw on tap for Friday bullpen session

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Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw skipped a scheduled bullpen session Wednesday after feeling stiffness in his back following his first spring workout.

As expected, the stiffness is no big deal.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will throw that bullpen session on Friday and is expected to have no restrictions going forward related to the mild back ailment.

The 23-year-old left-hander has already been named the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter and will make his first Cactus League appearance on March 9. He posted a dominant 2.28 ERA, 248/54 K/BB ratio and 0.98 WHIP in 233 1/3 innings last season on his way to capturing the 2011 National League Cy Young Award.