Dodgers Place Clayton Kershaw On Injured List, Reinstate Chris Taylor

The Dodgers introduced they’ve positioned Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured checklist, citing low again ache. Utilityman Chris Taylor is again from his personal IL stint to take the vacated energetic roster spot. Los Angeles additionally recalled reliever Reyes Moronta from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned outfielder James Outman.

Kershaw lands on the IL for the second time this season. He misplaced round a month between early May and June with irritation in his proper hip space. The future Hall of Famer returned and went on to make ten extra begins earlier than yesterday’s outing. After throwing 4 innings of two-run ball in an eventual win over the Giants, Kershaw went out to the mound for his warm-up tosses to start out the fifth. He pulled himself from the sport after experiencing some ache in his decrease again, and that difficulty will apparently maintain him out of motion for at the very least the following few weeks.

The staff has not supplied a timetable on Kershaw’s return, and the introduced analysis of “low again ache” stays nebulous. They’ll absolutely be cautious with the 34-year-old, significantly since he is landed on the injured checklist at the very least as soon as in every season since 2016. That included stints for again points yearly between 2016-18. With a 12 1/2 sport lead over the Padres within the NL West, the Dodgers can really feel comfy enjoying issues slowly with key gamers for the ultimate couple of months.

While Kershaw not takes on the sort of workloads he did throughout his prime, he is nonetheless among the many sport’s finest pitchers on a fee foundation. Through 85 1/3 innings this season, the three-time Cy Young winner carries a 2.64 ERA with an above-average 26.2% strikeout fee and 48.5% ground-ball proportion. Kershaw’s fastball is sitting within the 90 MPH vary, however he owns arguably the sport’s finest command and has not walked greater than 6% of batters confronted in a season for a decade.

Kershaw’s journey to the IL leaves Julio Urías, Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney because the rotation’s prime 4 in the interim. Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove are depth choices at Triple-A, and the membership appears prone to welcome hard-throwing righty Dustin May again within the not too distant future. Manager Dave Roberts instructed MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM this afternoon that May is prone to return by the membership’s August 19-21 sequence towards the Marlins (Twitter hyperlink). The 24-year-old has been out all season recovering from May 2021 Tommy John surgical procedure, however he is been on a rehab stint since mid-July. Roberts indicated he is prone to make two extra begins in Oklahoma City earlier than returning to the massive league membership, though he left open the likelihood that May rejoins the MLB staff after only one extra Triple-A look.

Taylor makes his return to the beginning lineup, precisely a month after fracturing his left foot. It’s a fast bounceback for an damage of that magnitude, and Roberts recommended he’ll get the nod at second base tonight. It’ll be Taylor’s first infield look of the season, as he is labored solely on the grass this 12 months. Taylor has logged 502 innings in left subject, together with 57 and 56 frames in heart and proper, respectively.

Of course, Taylor made a reputation for himself together with his defensive flexibility in earlier seasons. He’s able to enjoying nearly in every single place on the diamond apart from catcher, and it appears the membership is content material to get him again onto the infield once in a while. Gavin Lux and Trea Turner make for a superb center infield duo, with Max Muncy enjoying primarily as third base Justin Turner landed on the IL on Tuesday. Taylor will presumably spend the majority of his time within the outfield nonetheless, however the means to log some motion on the grime will enable Roberts extra flexibility in managing infield reps. The 31-year-old will attempt to get going offensively after his month away, as he carries a .238/.319/.409 line with an enormous 35.4% strikeout fee throughout 285 plate appearances on the 12 months.

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