LOS ANGELES — The hits just keep coming for the Dodgers, who on Sunday placed Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list with left biceps tendonitis. The severity of the injury is unknown, but he is not with the team in Mexico on Sunday.
Clayton Kershaw went back to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 6, 2018
MRI results on Sunday confirmed the biceps tendonitis, and the Dodgers said Kershaw would begin his rehab on Monday in Los Angeles. There is no timetable yet for his return.
The Dodgers did not make the disabled list stint retroactive, which is at least somewhat instructive since they could have backdated it up to three days.
Kershaw last pitched on Tuesday in Arizona, allowing two runs in six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks. On the season Kershaw is 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 44 innings, with 10 walks.
Kershaw told Roberts he felt something in his last start, which is why he was going to get extra rest.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 6, 2018
Roberts said that Kershaw wasn’t feeling right yesterday when playing catch. He never made it to his bullpen session yesterday after cutting short playing catch. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 6, 2018
Kershaw has pitched through biceps tendinitis before, including a bit in his last start, Roberts said. But he did not feel right from his first throw while playing catch yesterday. “That’s a little unsettling,” Roberts said. “But we’ll know more when Doc sees him."— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 6, 2018
Kershaw is averaging 91.85 mph on his fastball this season per Brooks Baseball, a career low, and about a mile and a half slower than last season (93.21 mph).
#Dodgers Andrew Friedman says there is “no indication it’s anything more serious than biceps tendinitis” for Clayton Kershaw— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 6, 2018
The Dodgers at the moment have three starting pitchers on the disabled list — Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich HIll — as well as four regular position players — Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and Logan Forsythe.
Brock Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Kershaw’s place on the active roster. He last pitched last Monday, 1⅔ innings in relief of Ross Stripling, who starts Sunday’s finale against the Padres.
One of those two figure to take Kershaw’s place in the starting rotation in the short term. Hill, who was originally going to be activated from the DL to start Sunday’s finale, told reporters on Sunday that he will instead start Tuesday against Arizona.