Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on injured list

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on injured list

Place the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injury list due to right SI joint inflammation, the club told reporters (among others JP Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group). The team doesn’t expect it to be a long-term absence. helper Garrett Cleavinger was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a related move.

The SI joint is in the hip/pelvic area so luckily Kershaw doesn’t have any arm issues. He missed most of the second half of last season with forearm/elbow issues so this latest injury seems to be considered a much smaller issue. Walker Buehler will take the ball tonight against the Phillies in place of Kershaw.

Kershaw turned 34 last month, but despite his age and last season’s injuries, the three-time Cy Young Awards winner has been dominant again. After signing a one-year, $17 million contract to return to LA during spring training, Kershaw has pitched 30 innings in his first five starts. He has a 1.80 ERA with an excellent strikeout rate of 29.4%. The eight-time All-Star, owner of perhaps the best command in the game, has managed just three of the 109 batters he faces.

Andrew Heney is also on the injured list, leaving the Dodgers with a four-man squad from Buehler. Julius Uriah, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson initially in the starting XI. David Price has been out of action due to COVID-19 since late April but has started throwing and could return to the club next week (link via MLB.com’s Sarah Wexler). However, Price has worked exclusively as a substitute this year and would likely not return to the rotation from goal. The Dodgers also recently picked a highly respected pitching prospect Ryan Pepiot to make his major league debut; Pepiot was brought back to Oklahoma City after a start Wednesday.

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