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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw lands on injured list after leaving Thursday’s game with sore lower back – news primer

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was placed on the disabled list Friday with a lower back injury.

Kershaw left Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants while warming up before the fifth inning. Just before leaving the game, he was seen telling the coaches, “My back.”

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands in the dugout during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 4, 2022 in San Francisco.
(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kershaw, 34, has been hampered by injuries in recent years. He hasn’t made 30 starts since the 2015 season.

This is now his 11th career IL season, all since 2014, and his second this year. Both periods of IL were due to back injuries.

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Despite injuries, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is racking up numbers similar to years past during his stellar career. He has a 2.64 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. In his career, he has a 2.49 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks out into the outfield after giving up a double to Luis Rengifo of the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a game on July 15, 2022 in Anaheim, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks out into the outfield after giving up a double to Luis Rengifo of the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a game on July 15, 2022 in Anaheim, California.
(AP Photo/Mark J Terrill)

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He has also carried two perfect games through the eighth inning this year. The first time he came in was his season debut, but manager Dave Roberts pulled him out after the seventh inning due to a strict pitch count to avoid injury.

Kershaw was named an All-Star for the ninth time this summer and started the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. It was his first starting point in the mid-summer classic.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels on July 15, 2022 in Anaheim, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels on July 15, 2022 in Anaheim, California.
(AP Photo/Mark J Terrill)

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Kershaw has made 15 starts this year after making 22 last season.

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