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Clayton Kershaw did not meet with reporters Saturday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shed more light on the back injury that landed the left-hander on the injured list Friday.

Roberts said Kershaw remained sore and that he’d gotten an epidural shot to try and relieve the pain in his back, which flared up during a start Thursday.

He reiterated the team’s belief that Kershaw’s absence is “going to be shorter than longer term.”

But he said there is still no timetable for when the veteran will pick up a baseball, or eventually be ready to rejoin the team.

“I think symptomatically where he came out of that game in San Francisco, he’s had similar sensations,” Roberts said. “So I think that’s something, you know, fortunately, unfortunately, he’s had a lot of history with that. So kind of what has transpired in the past.”

Roberts added Kershaw’s recovery process will be dependent upon “when he feels good.”

Roberts did not expound the results of an MRI Kershaw had Friday, other than to repeat his answer from the night before that the scan showed “nothing different” from when Kershaw had an MRI for another back injury earlier this year.

Unlike that injury, which was diagnosed as right SI joint inflammation and cost Kershaw more than a month, Roberts said this issue is concentrated on the pitcher’s left side.

“Assuming that he can pick up a baseball sooner,” Roberts said of when Kershaw could be back, “it’s just more of how his body is moving. [because] the arm should still be fine.”

In other injury news Saturday, injured reliever Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol both faced hitters at Dodger Stadium during a session of live batting practice in the afternoon.

Roberts said both pitchers — who are battling shoulder injuries — came out feeling well.

Graterol is expected back in about 10 days. Treinen could return to action at the beginning of September.

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