Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on IL, reinstate Chris Taylor

The Dodgers announced that they placed Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured list, citing low back pain. Utilitarian Chris Taylor he has returned from his own IL stint to take the vacant spot on the active roster. The Angels also called up the reliever moronta kings from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optional outfielder james outmann.

Kershaw lands on the disabled list for the second time this season. He missed about a month between early May and June with swelling in the area of ​​his right hip. The future Hall of Famer returned and made ten more starts before yesterday’s outing. After pitching four innings of two-run ball in an eventual win over the Giants, Kershaw took to the mound for his warm-up pitches to start the fifth. He pulled out of the game after experiencing some lower back pain, and that issue will apparently keep him out of action for at least the next few weeks.

The team has not provided a timetable for Kershaw’s return, and the advertised diagnosis of “low back pain” remains unclear. They will surely be wary of the 34-year-old, particularly since he has landed on the disabled list at least once in every season since 2016. That included stints with back problems every year from 2016-18. With a 12 1/2-game lead over the Padres in the NL West, the Dodgers can feel comfortable playing things slowly with key players over the past two months.

While Kershaw no longer takes on the kind of workloads he did during his prime, he’s still among the best pitchers in the sport in terms of fees. Through 85 1/3 innings this season, the three-time Cy Young winner has a 2.64 ERA with an above-average strikeout rate of 26.2% and a ground-ball percentage of 48.5%. Kershaw’s fastball is in the 90 mph range, but he has arguably the best command in the game and hasn’t walked more than 6% of the batters faced in a season for a decade.

Kershaw’s trip to IL leaves Julius Uriah, Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson Y Andrew Heaney as the top four in the rotation at the moment. ryan petiot Y Miguel Grove are depth options in Triple-A, and it seems likely the club will welcome the right-hander may powder In the not too distant future. Manager Dave Roberts told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM this afternoon that May is likely to return for the club’s Aug. 19-21 series against the Marlins (twitter link). The 24-year-old has been out all season recovering from Tommy John surgery in May 2021, but has been in rehab since mid-July. Roberts indicated that he is likely to make two more starts in Oklahoma City before returning to the major league club, though he left open the possibility of May rejoining the MLB team after just one more Triple-A appearance.

Taylor returns to the starting lineup exactly one month after breaking his left foot. It’s a quick recovery for an injury of that magnitude, and Roberts suggested he’ll get the nod at second base tonight. It will be Taylor’s first infield appearance of the season, as he has worked exclusively on grass this year. Taylor has logged 502 innings in left field, along with 57 and 56 innings in center and right field, respectively.

Of course, Taylor made a name for himself with his defensive flexibility in previous seasons. He is capable of playing virtually anywhere on the diamond other than as a catcher, and it seems the club is content to have him back in the draw from time to time. gavin lux Y Trea Turner form an excellent duo in the middle of the frame, with max muncy primarily playing third base as justin turner landed in the IL on Tuesday. Presumably, Taylor will spend most of his time in the outfield, but the ability to record some action on the ground will allow Roberts more flexibility in handling infield reps. The 31-year-old will try to get going offensively after his month away, as he is slashing .238/.319/.409 with a whopping 35.4% strikeout rate in 285 plate appearances in the year.

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