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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was placed on the injured list Friday with a low back injury.
Kershaw left Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants while warming up before the fifth inning. Just before he left the game, he was seen telling the trainers: “My back.”
Kershaw, 34, has been hampered by injuries in recent years. He has not made 30 starts since the 2015 season.
This is now his 11th career IL stint, all of which have come since 2014, and it’s his second this year. Both IL stints were due to back injuries.
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Despite the injuries, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is setting numbers comparable to those of recent years during his stellar career. He has a 2.64 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and strikeouts 9.3 per nine innings. For his career, he has a 2.49 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
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He also grabbed two perfect games in the eighth inning this year. The first time came in his season debut, but he was pulled after the seventh inning by manager Dave Roberts due to a strict pitch count to avoid injuries.
Kershaw was named All-Star for the ninth time this summer, starting the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. It was his first nod in the midsummer classic.
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Kershaw has made 15 starts this year, after 22 last season.