Clayton Kershaw damage: Dodgers left-hander goes down with decrease again ache

Clayton Kershaw damage: Dodgers left-hander goes down with decrease again ache

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Clayton Kershaw has been positioned on the disabled listing due to again ache. the club announced on Friday. In a associated transfer, the Dodgers have activated infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor from IL.

Kershaw left Thursday afternoon’s begin towards the San Francisco Giants with decrease again discomfort. Kershaw allowed two runs in 4 innings after which left after throwing just a few warmup pitches earlier than the fifth.

The NBC Sports activities Bay Space broadcast appeared to seize Kershaw telling the coach “it is my again” as he walked off the sphere. Here is the video:

Kershaw, 34, has a historical past of again issues. He missed 41 days with again irritation in 2014, 74 days with a herniated disc in 2016 and 39 days with a again pressure in 2017. Kershaw additionally spent transient stints on the disabled listing with again points in 2018 and 2020. final yr, a sprain price him many of the second half and the postseason, and he missed time with a hamstring damage earlier this yr.

The Dodgers did not add a beginning pitcher on the commerce deadline, and actually they shed a few of their rotation depth in Mitch White. He began 10 video games earlier this season and 4 final season, and was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. The membership spin depth chart at the moment appears one thing like this:

  1. RHP Walker Buehler (out June 10 with a forearm damage, may return in September)
  2. LHP Clayton Kershaw (left Thursday’s begin with an damage)
  3. LHP Julio Urías
  4. RHP Tony Gonsolin (23 1/3 innings shy of his earlier profession excessive)
  5. LHP Tyler Anderson
  6. LHP Andrew Heaney (wholesome now, however restricted to 5 begins by shoulder points thus far this yr)
  7. RHP Ryan Pepiot (9 2/3 innings shy of his earlier profession excessive)

Shedding Kershaw for a very long time is a major blow, though Los Angeles got here into Thursday with a snug 11 1/2-game lead within the NL West, so that they have given themselves a cushion. Given his historical past of again issues, count on the Dodgers to be conservative with Kershaw’s restoration and rehab work to keep away from a setback.

Nothing is finished but, however the large division lead provides the Dodgers some respiration room. Their precedence is ensuring the rotation is in fine condition by October, not chasing each win in August and September. They will do what they must do to get by video games within the subsequent couple of months with out overwhelming their projected postseason starters, even when Kershaw is sidelined.

Heading into Thursday, Kershaw owned a 2.66 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 14 begins and 81 1/3 innings this yr. He was an All-Star for the ninth time. Kershaw signed a one-year, $17 million contract this previous offseason and appears set to go year-to-year at this level in his profession.

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