Los Angeles Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on injured list; MRI ‘best-case scenario’

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers put left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured list on Friday, a day after he left his San Francisco start with lower back pain.

It’s the second time this season for 34-year-old Kershaw on the injury list. He had previously failed due to a pelvic joint infection.

Kershaw had an X-ray and MRI on Friday and nothing new was found on the MRI. Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw was in pain on Friday and that prompted the IL move.

“There were no new findings, so that’s positive,” Roberts said. “This was the best-case scenario from the MRI.”

Kershaw’s previous back injury was on the right side and this one is more on the left, according to Roberts.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was warming up before the fifth inning of a 5-3 win over San Francisco on Thursday when he winced and pointed at the Dodgers’ dugout. He later walked off the field with a coach.

Kershaw, a nine-time All-Star, is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 85⅓ innings.

Also on Friday, the Dodgers activated utilityman Chris Taylor, who missed a month with a broken left foot. He hits .238 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 74 games.

The Dodgers also remembered right-hander Reyes Moronta and optional outfielder James Outman.

Moronta is 0-0 with a 4.67 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17⅓ innings. Outman went 6-for-13 with a homer and three RBIs in four games with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers need to fill Kershaw’s place in the rotation in the near future. Dustin May, who had surgery on Tommy John last year, is leaning towards a return soon. May has another rehab start Tuesday in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

“The world will look different then,” said Roberts. “Then we’ll make a decision on whether he should do another one, which is highly likely, so look for someone in our system to do that now [next start]. [Ryan] Pepiot definitely makes sense.” Los Angeles Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on injured list; MRI ‘best-case scenario’

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