Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on IL with inflammation

May 12, 2022, 10:40 PM | Updated: May 13, 2022, 5:51 pm
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Chicago Cubs during the fir...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the injured list Friday with inflammation in a pelvic joint.

The Dodgers made the move several hours before Kershaw (4-0, 1.80 ERA) was slated to face the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. Walker Buehler started instead.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw’s back “locked up on him” during their flight home from Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Kershaw said he had an epidural pain-relieving injection, but he won’t play catch for at least a few days.

“I do believe it will be a brief stint on the IL,” Roberts said. “Just looking at previous years of this, going through this similar situation, getting an epidural, and how his body responds to it.”

The 34-year-old Kershaw is off to an outstanding start to his 15th season with the Dodgers. The three-time NL Cy Young winner has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in his five starts since signing a $17 million, one-year deal in March to return to his only professional club.

Kershaw became the Dodgers’ franchise leader in strikeouts on April 30, but he has spent time on the injured list in each of the past seven seasons. Along with the back pain that has flared up intermittently for years, he was bothered by left arm pain for the entire second half of last season, and he missed the Dodgers’ playoff run.

“He came back here to give us a chance to win the World Series this year,” Roberts said. “So there’s going to have to be some managing of workload. With his experiences and intelligence, he knows when to push and when not to push, and now is not that time.”

Buehler (4-1, 1.96 ERA) pitched Friday on normal rest because the Dodgers had an off day since his last start. He is also off to an outstanding start to the season with 32 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP.

Roberts said Julio Urías will move up to start Saturday against Philadelphia. After that, the Dodgers’ starting pitching situation gets dicey: Beginning Friday, Los Angeles has seven home games in six days, including a doubleheader Tuesday.

“With Walker moving up in the rotation, with Julio moving up, just figuring out who’s going to supplant Clayton, we don’t know that right now,” Roberts said.

Los Angeles recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to take Kershaw’s roster spot, but injuries are causing major upheaval in the Dodgers’ normally sturdy pitching staff this season.

Kershaw joins Dustin May (Tommy John surgery), David Price (COVID-19) and Andrew Heaney (left shoulder) as unavailable potential starters. Relievers Blake Treinen (right shoulder), Victor González (left elbow), Mitch White (COVID-19), Caleb Ferguson (Tommy John) and Danny Duffy (left elbow) are also sidelined.

Price is likely to return next week at home against Arizona, but the former Cy Young winner won’t be ready to throw more than two innings. The Dodgers have two potential candidates for a spot start on their 40-man roster: right-hander Andre Jackson, whose only big league action came in three relief appearances last year, and right-hander Michael Grove, who has never pitched above Double-A.

Cleavinger is returning for his third stint with the Dodgers after allowing one earned run over 1 2/3 innings in his previous three appearances for Los Angeles this season. The Dodgers acquired him from Philadelphia in a three-team trade in December 2020.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]
26 days ago
Joe Jarzynka...
Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
26 days ago
FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...
Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]
26 days ago
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...
Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]
26 days ago
FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...
Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
26 days ago
FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...
Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]
26 days ago
Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on IL with inflammation