Kershaw might miss 4-6 weeks with back injury
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.
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.