LOS ANGELES: Standout left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was sent to Major League Baseball’s disabled list on Thursday (Friday in Manila) by the Los Angeles Dodgers after receiving an epidural to relieve pain in his aching back.
The Dodgers are 14-2 this season in games started by Kershaw, who returned from Milwaukee to Los Angeles on Wednesday for tests after complaining of pain and stiffness in his lower back over the past few days.
The epidural means Kershaw would likely be idled for several days. He next scheduled start had been Friday against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers, 43-37, are six games behind National League West division leader San Francisco but hold the top wildcard playoff spot by one game over Miami and 1.5 games over the New York Mets with half the season remaining.
In Kershaw’s last outing, Sunday against Pittsburgh, he suffered his second defeat of the season, surrendering four runs on nine hits.
“It has been a few weeks where it has felt good, then it started barking a little bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner as a league’s top pitcher, has an 11-2 record this season with a National League-leading 1.79 earned-run average. His 121 innings pitched, 145 strikeouts and 0.7 walks per nine innings also lead the league.