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