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LOS ANGELES >> Three days after going on the DL with a back injury for the second consecutive season, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said it was a “big relief” when an examination showed it wasn’t the same herniated disc that sent him to the sidelines for 75 days last season.But this injury (a lower back strain) will sideline Kershaw for an undetermined length of time. He denied that any timetable has been placed on his return.“There’s no timetable. Whoever said that is very much mistaken. False source,” he said, referring to reports (tacitly endorsed by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday) that pegged his recovery time at four to six weeks. “People just tend to run with stuff these days. No timetable. Could be sooner. We’ll see how it goes.”Kershaw insisted there were no warning signs or issues with his back before the second inning of Sunday’s start. Regardless, he said “it’s miserable” being injured and unable to pitch “even more so this year with all I’ve done to maintain it.” “That’s how it worked out last year. I didn’t really have a choice,” he said. “Ultimately, I’d just like to pitch every fifth day until the postseason and then pitch. That’s not what’s going to happen so I’m going to make this work.”Ravin steps upIt’s been a rough but ultimately rewarding few days for Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin.The 29-year-old right-hander sat on a bus driving from Iowa, where the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers were wrapping up a road trip, to Oklahoma for five hours in the small hours Monday morning. Ravin and pitcher Edward Paredes then waited for another bus to take them to the airport. There, they waited through an hour-long delay before takeoff, then another hour-long delay upon landing in California.When Ravin finally got into a game and pitched three scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, he did the Dodgers a tremendous service. Their regular long reliever, Brock Stewart, moved into the starting rotation Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts was bracing for the possibility of a “bullpen game.” He needed someone to eat innings.“Those are conversations that we had this past winter,” Roberts said, “where looking at what Josh did for us in September and potentially how our ’pen would be constructed, and the value of a person who could go two or more innings, would be huge for us. I think if you look at stretching guys like (Brandon) Morrow out, (Josh) Fields is not really a two-inning guy – he’s maybe a one-plus. So to have Ravin be able to eat up six outs and pitch him in leverage spots is huge.“(Tuesday) was a big night for us, for him.”Ravin needed only 33 pitches to record nine outs.AlsoThe Texas Rangers had two evaluators in attendance in Oklahoma City to scout a game started by pitcher Walker Buehler on Wednesday. The Dodgers have expressed interest in Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s trade deadline approaches, and Buehler is regarded as the Dodgers’ best pitching prospect. … Outfielder Alex Verdugo, second baseman Willie Calhoun and one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top-10 prospects were also in the lineup for the game. … Roberts acknowledged the possibility that the Dodgers would add an extra bench player for the weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers played with a three-man bench for the third consecutive day Wednesday. … The probable starting pitchers for the Giants series: Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will face Giants left-hander Matt Moore on Friday, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will face Giants left-hander Ty Blach on Saturday, and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will face Giants righty Matt Cain on Sunday.J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The fact that he has had none of the more severe symptoms that accompanied last year’s disc issue does give Kershaw, and the Dodgers, reason for optimism that he can “get back quick.”“It’s definitely not as painful this year,” he said. “Every-day life isn’t really affected right now, which is good. Last year, I couldn’t sit, couldn’t really bend in anyway. This one is not nearly like that, so I’m just trying to play that balance of wanting to do a lot but making sure I don’t make it worse before it heals. That’s where we’re at.”Kershaw is taking medication and doing physical therapy at this point with, again, no target date to begin baseball activities. Roberts said Kershaw has to be symptom-free before any of that can begin. Because this year’s back injury occurred a month later than last season, Kershaw could sit out the disputed four to six weeks and return in a similar time frame as last year when he made five starts before the postseason.“I’m thankful that our team looks like we’re in a pretty good spot to play in the postseason right now,” he said. “You obviously can’t take that for granted. It gives me something to shoot for I guess. I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season. But I’d definitely like a few before October.”Having been through that experience a year ago, Kershaw acknowledged he knows how to plot his return this time. But he would not put any specifics on how many starts he felt would be necessary to prepare him for the postseason.