I do not enjoy being the bearer of bad news, but this time, I have no choice. Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 10-day Disabled List with tightness in his right lower back. The injury was first noticed with two outs in the second inning and a 2-0 count to Tyler Flowers. After bouncing a curveball, Kershaw threw a strike and Dave Roberts immediately ran out of the dugout, followed by the training staff. After throwing a couple practice pitches, Kershaw was permitted to finish the inning. Kershaw struck out Matt Adams to finish the inning. Kershaw walked slowly back to the dugout, then retreated back to the dugout followed by two trainers.
The excitement I had felt just ten minutes earlier when I turned on the radio had disappeared. As Charlie Steiner explained that Dave Roberts was heading to the mound, I even forgot to breathe. I finally remembered how to breathe when Roberts returned to the dugout. I began to hope that Roberts and the training staff had just been jumpy. My hope vanished, however, when Ross Stripling started warming up in the bullpen. I began to get worried when Trayce Thompson entered the game to pinch-hit for Kershaw. The worst, however, was when I opened my At-Bat app a few hours after the game and the first thing I saw was that Kershaw had been sent to the DL.
Remember, Kershaw missed eleven starts last year with a herniated disk in his lower back. Tests have been scheduled for the Dodgers’ Ace and there is no timetable for his return.
“Before today, he felt 100 percent,” Roberts said of Kershaw. Roberts also added that the pain was more muscular than the disk and nerve malady that attacked Kershaw last year.
Roberts also announced that Brandon McCarthy will be sent to the DL with a blister on his right (throwing) hand. Hyun-Jin Ryu will be activated to start Monday’s game and Kenta Maeda will start on Tuesday.