AROUND THE HORN
The Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the injured list Friday, one day after he left a start with lower back pain. This marks the 34-year-old Kershaw’s second trip to the injured list this season. He was previously sidelined with inflammation in a pelvic joint. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was warming up before the fifth inning of a 5-3 victory over San Francisco on Thursday when he winced and pointed to the Dodgers’ dugout. He later walked off the field with a trainer. Kershaw, a ninetime All-Star, is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 85 innings. Also Friday, the Dodgers activated utilityman Chris Taylor, who had missed a month with a fractured left foot. He’s batting .238 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 74 games. The Dodgers also recalled righthander Reyes Moronta and optioned outfielder James Outman.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera says he may end his likely Hall of Fame career at the end of this season. The 39-yearold Tigers star mused on the subject Thursday amid a slump through the dog days of summer. Cabrera joined the 3,000-hit/500-homer club earlier in the season, and was hitting .308 as recently as July 8. Plagued by lower-body problems that have been a constant issue in recent seasons, he was hitting .132 with three extra-base hits in his last 20 games entering Thursday’s action. “You’ve got to understand your body, I understand mine and my place on this team,” he said before the Tigers hosted the Rays on Thursday. “I’ve got to talk to my agent, the GM, I’ve got to talk to everybody to see the plan for next year. Right now, we don’t know. We’re focused on today.” Cabrera is owed $32 million in 2023 in the final season of a $292 million, 10-year contract. The Tigers came into the season as fringe contenders after a strong finish in 2021, but, after Thursday’s 6-2 loss, have staggered to a 42-65 record with the worst offense in baseball “I’m going to go out there and do my best every day — that’s the bottom line,” he said.
Rangers: Kumar Rocker will spend a few more days around the Rangers before going to Arizona, where the third overall draft pick is expected to make his organizational debut in the fall instructional league. “Getting through this process is the starting line,” Rocker said when formally introduced by the Rangers on Thursday, more than a week after signing a contract with a $5.2 million bonus. “So, pitching out there, getting free and being myself, it’s a great step in the right direction.” Hours after Rocker’s introduction at the stadium, two of the the Rangers’ former No. 1 picks made their major league debuts. Left-hander Cole Ragans, the Rangers’ top pick in 2016, was the starting pitcher for the series opener against the White Sox. Since being selected, Ragans has had Tommy John surgery twice. Bubba Thompson, selected by the Rangers in the first round in 2017, was called up from Triple-A, and was in the lineup batting ninth and playing left field. It was the first time since 1986 that two former firstround picks drafted by the same club made their MLB debuts in the same game. Will Clark and Robby Thompson debuted together for the Giants in Houston on April 8, 1986.