Ker­shaw might miss 4-6 weeks with back in­jury

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

LOS ANGELES» Clay­ton Ker­shaw is headed to the dis­abled list for the sec­ond straight sum­mer be­cause of a back in­jury.

A year af­ter miss­ing 2½ months with a her­ni­ated disk in his lower back, Ker­shaw was pulled from a start Sun­day against At­lanta be­cause of lower back tight­ness. The Dodgers ace ex­ited af­ter two in­nings in a 5-4, 10-in­ning vic­tory.

It leaves base­ball’s top team with­out its best pitcher. The Dodgers head­ing into Mon­day led the ma­jors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West stand­ings.

Ker­shaw was set to meet with the team’s back spe­cial­ist, Dr. Robert Watkins, al­though man­ager Dave Roberts was al­ready sure Ker­shaw would be placed on the 10-day DL.

Ker­shaw is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA. The Dodgers are 19-2 when he starts this sea­son.

Roberts de­clined to spec­u­late on the sever­ity of Ker­shaw’s in­jury or how long the left-hand- er could be out. How­ever, Ker­shaw is ex­pected to miss four to six weeks based on an ini­tial di­ag­no­sis of his in­jured back, a source con­firmed to ESPN’s Jerry Cras­nick.

Ker­shaw said he got hurt while tak­ing warm-up throws be­fore the sec­ond in­ning af­ter re­tir­ing the side on eight pitches in the first in­ning on Sun­day.

“Just felt a lit­tle some­thing in my back that wasn’t nor­mal,” a sub­dued Ker­shaw said af­ter the game.

Foot­notes.

The Braves traded left-han­der Jaime Gar­cia to the Twins for right-handed pitching prospect Huas­car Ynoa. The Braves also sent catcher An­thony Recker and cash con­sid­er­a­tions to the Twins as part of the trade. … The Roy­als ac­quired three pitch­ers from the Padres, get­ting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Bran­don Mau­rer and re­liever Ryan Buchter. The Roy­als sent pitch­ers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, mi­nor-league in­fielder Es­teury Ruiz and cash to San Diego.

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