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Clayton Kershaw placed on disabled list with lower back strain

Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with a lower back strain, just one day after making his first start in four weeks.

Kershaw already missed 29 days with left biceps tendonitis but was activated to start Thursday’s series finale against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium. He pitched five innings and allowed just one run, relying heavily on his offspeed pitches thanks to a fastball that averaged just 89.08 mph during the start.

He did not make the trip to Denver with the team. He had an MRI in Los Angeles on Friday.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Dodgers
Pos Dodgers Pos Dodgers
SS Taylor 2B LeMahieu
3B Turner CF Blackmon (L)
LF Kemp 3B Arenado
CF Hernandez RF Gonzalez (L)
1B Muncy (L) SS Story
2B Forsythe LF Parra (L)
C Barnes 1B Desmond
RF Puig C Iannetta
P Pitchers spot P Anderson (L)
Time: 5:40 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

On the season Kershaw has a 2.76 ERA in eight starts, with 53 strikeouts and 11 walks in 49 innings.

This is the third consecutive season Kershaw has missed time with a back injury. He missed 10 weeks with a herniated disc in 2016, and 5½ weeks with a lower back strain in 2017.

Brock Stewart is up to take Kershaw’s roster spot, the fifth different time Stewart has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018. Stewart threw 81 pitches in four innings in a start against Philadelphia on Monday, his last outing.

Colorado move

The Rockies also made a roster move before Friday’s series opener, placing outfielder David Dahl on the 10-day disabled list with a broken foot. D.J. LeMahieu was activated from the disabled list after missing over two weeks with a left thumb sprain. LeMahieu starts at second base on Friday night, leading off for Colorado.