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Joc Pederson placed on DL, Dodgers call up Will Venable

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed outfielder Joc Pederson on the 15-day disabled list  with a sprained right AC joint before their weekend series against the Rockies on Friday night, three days after he injured his shoulder crashing into the center field wall at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Will Venable was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Pederson's place on the active roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Layne Somsen was designated for assignment. The Dodgers claimed Somsen off waivers on June 22.

The Dodgers also placed Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day DL with mild disc herniation and activated new acquisition Bud Norris, who will start Friday night against the Rockies. Norris will wear No. 28 for the Dodgers.

Pederson left Tuesday night's game in Milwaukee after making a terrific catch of a drive by Chris Carter, but in doing so ran into the wall at full speed. Pederson laid on the ground for a few minutes before finally walking off the field on his own power, though he was keeping his right arm immobile against his body while walking to the clubhouse.

Initial X-rays were negative, showing no fracture, and the team said Pederson had a bruised shoulder and a sore AC joint.

This will sideline Pederson through at least the All-Star break.

Pederson has been one of the Dodgers' best all-around players this year, hitting .236/.328/.476 with 13 home runs and 16 doubles in 75 games at a premium defensive position in center field.

Venable appeared in six games for the Dodgers in June, including two starts, going 1-for-10 with a double and a run scored. The Dodgers signed Venable to a one-year contract on June 14.  He was designated for assignment on June 24 and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City one day later.

Somsen appeared in one game for Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitching a scoreless inning with two walks and a strikeout.