One day after coming off the disabled list, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is right back on it.
The Dodgers placed Kershaw (lower back strain) on the 10-day DL on Friday, one day after removing him to start Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The left-handed Kershaw departed after five innings against Philadelphia due to lower back discomfort. The three-time National League Cy Young Award had an MRI and an anti-inflammation injection Friday.
This is the fourth time in the past five seasons that Kershaw has been placed on the DL with back woes. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters this time is similar to the ailment last year that caused the southpaw to miss five weeks, noting Kershaw will likely be out “over a month.”
“It’s very comparable to last year, as far as the baseline, so I don’t think it’s too serious,” Roberts said. “It’s disappointing, but to know he will be back to help us this year is encouraging. The great ones can do things that are essentially superhuman and can grind and still find ways to be great.”
Kershaw, 30, spent four-plus weeks on the DL with left biceps tendinitis before his activation on Thursday. He rejoins fellow starters Rich Hill (finger blister), Kenta Maeda (strained right hip) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (pulled groin muscle) on the DL.
“It’s not ideal,” Roberts said. “Missing 80 percent of your starting rotation at some point, the shortstop [Corey Seager, out for the year after Tommy John surgery], and it goes on and on. We have guys to plug in and it gives guys runways.”
Los Angeles recalled right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
Kershaw allowed one run and four hits before exiting against the Phillies. He struck out five and walked one.
“It’s beyond frustrating to feel like you’re out of the woods, being healthy, feeling good, and then to have that crop up during the game,” Kershaw told reporters afterward.
Kershaw is 1-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts this season. He has struck out 53 batters in 49 innings but is allowing opponents to hit .233.
Kershaw held hitters below .200 in four straight seasons from 2013-16.
Stewart, 26, has a 4.61 ERA in five appearances (two starts) for Los Angeles this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts for Oklahoma City.
–Field Level Media