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    Clayton Kershaw leaves start after 2 IP, DL likely

    Seems he stayed in after the injury, pitched through it, and then they pinch-hit for him and that was that. I just posted the Dodgers interest in You Darvish in the Trade Deadline thread here, and any lengthy Kershaw absence makes that trade something that needs to happen.

    LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace who has been at his best over the last few weeks, exited Sunday's start against the Atlanta Braves after only two innings.

    Kershaw was checked on by the Dodgers' medical department with two outs in the top of the second, then stayed in after throwing a couple of practice pitches. Kershaw proceeded to walk Tyler Flowers, then struck out Matt Adams to end the half-inning and disappeared into the trainers' room.

    Trayce Thompson pinch-hit for Kershaw in the bottom of the second, and Ross Stripling took over on the mound in the top of the third. There was no immediate word as to what prompted Kershaw to exit his start.

    Kershaw threw 21 pitches, walking one and striking out two without giving up a run.

    Kershaw entered his Sunday start leading the majors in wins (15) and ERA (2.07), while tying Max Scherzer for the National League lead in innings pitched (139 1/3). Over his five prior starts, the 29-year-old left-hander had allowed only two earned runs in 36 innings, scattering 22 hits, walking six batters and striking out 51.

    Kershaw's potential injury comes as rumors spread that the Dodgers were showing interest in Rangers ace Yu Darvish, with a little more than a week left until the non-waiver trade deadline. Los Angeles, with a Major League-leading 67 wins and plus-173 run-differential, is expected to get a sixth starter with Hyun-Jin Ryu coming off the disabled list on Monday.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...pparent-injury

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    https://twitter.com/KelliTennant/sta...33291563458560

    Sounds like it might be his back.

    Not good after him missing 2 months last year to a back injury.

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    Damn, if his back, could be bad!

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    Is it that little hitch he has that puts extra stress on his back? It looks like a very uncomfortable delivery.

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    Not that big of a deal... Dodgers are locked in a playoff spot basically... kershaw will only hurt them if healthy come the playoffs... just trade for someone and call it a day.

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    Looks like Strasburg left his start after 2 IP as well.

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    Looking like the DL is likely, if it hasn't happened already, but it doesn't appear to be the herniated disc injury like last time.......the quoted is from MLBTR

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw exited today’s game in the second inning due to lower back tightness, and manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group) that Kershaw’s issue “is a DL situation.”

    Despite the likely DL placement, Roberts felt this injury wasn’t similar to the herniated disk that cost Kershaw over two months of the 2016 season. This bout of back tightness didn’t involve any shooting pains in Kershaw’s leg, for instance, as Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter links). More information will be known tomorrow when Kershaw is examined by the Dodgers’ team doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by More-Than-Most View Post
    Not that big of a deal... Dodgers are locked in a playoff spot basically... kershaw will only hurt them if healthy come the playoffs... just trade for someone and call it a day.
    Really? Kershaw is the only reliable pitcher on the staff that can pitch past the fifth inning in a playoff game. Just look up every box score involving the Dodgers in last year's NLDS and NLCS in which Kershaw didn't pitch. Guys like Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill struggled to get past the third or fourth inning in just about each of their outings.
    Last edited by dodgerdave; 07-24-2017 at 01:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgerdave View Post
    Really? Kershaw is the only reliable pitcher on the staff that can pitch past the fifth inning in a playoff game. Just look up every box score involving the Dodgers in last year's NLDS and NLCS in which Kershaw didn't pitch. Guys like Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill struggled to get past the third or fourth inning in just about each of their outings.
    I think he's referring to Kershaw's postseason numbers which have been meh in a SSS. That said, he pitched very well last year in the playoffs and in 2015 so that's beginning to even out.

    He's certainly a guy you want as your ace coming into the postseason. Its a big injury if it indeed carries over that far.

    What I think you need to worry about more is that back injuries are usually degenerative and chronic. It would worry me more how this effects him in 2018 and beyond.

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    I think most would say Kershaw only had one start in the '16 playoffs that could accurately be described as pitching "very well".

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    Sucks when anybody gets hurt but it is extra annoying when the best players in the game go down for an extended period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Nut Kruk View Post
    Sucks when anybody gets hurt but it is extra annoying when the best players in the game go down for an extended period of time.
    Exactly. The good news is that this isn't going to hurt the Dodgers playoff chances, and getting Kershaw extra rest can only help. I still think they need to upgrade the rotation rather than the bullpen now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasTomasz View Post
    Exactly. The good news is that this isn't going to hurt the Dodgers playoff chances, and getting Kershaw extra rest can only help. I still think they need to upgrade the rotation rather than the bullpen now.
    It being good news is subjective, Rockies fans and DBacks fans might not feel like this is good news.

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