The Los Angeles Dodgers have acknowledged that it's unlikely Clayton Kershaw will be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game.

The Dodgers will open the season on March 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's unlikely," Dave Roberts said. "Unlikely is fair. But I don't want to close the door, but it's more, obviously, when you look at the calendar, it's more unlikely."