Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/12

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Giants because of a problem with his right hip.

Kershaw, who had a cortisone injection on Saturday, tried to convince management to let him start Sunday's game after an MRI showed no structural damage.

But the Dodgers decided to keep him out, hoping he can pitch on Tuesday.

"I felt good enough to pitch today. It wasn't my decision," Kershaw said, according to MLB.com. "I would have loved to pitch today, yeah. It put Donnie (Mattingly) in a tough spot, I understand that. He had to do what he felt was best."

Joe Blanton started Sunday's game instead of Kershaw.

Kershaw could not point to a specific time when the problem began.

"It just came on," he said. "Tweaked it somehow. It was enough that I wanted to get it looked at, make sure it's nothing serious. It feels better today."

Mattingly said Kershaw would have started Sunday if it had been the seventh game of the World Series.

Mattingly said John Ely or Stephen Fife could start Tuesday if Kershaw can't.

Kershaw, last year's NL Cy Young winner, is 12-8 with a 2.79 ERA this season.

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