Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is forced to exit Giants game with low back pain after throwing some warmup pitches before the start of the fifth inning… leaving NL West leaders sweating on his fitness
- Clayton Kershaw pulled from game before start of fifth inning with injury
- Kershaw appeared to tell trainer that the problem was his back before exiting
- Kershaw has had a history of missing time with back injuries dating back to 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw left Thursday afternoon’s game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury.
Kershaw exited the game the game before the fifth inning after throwing several warmup pitches before motioning to the dugout for the trainer. NBC cameras caught Kershaw appearing to tell the trainer ‘it’s my back’ before leaving the field.
He had surrendered three hits, two runs via a homerun, and recorded four strike outs before leaving the game.
Clayton Kershaw walks back to dugout with trainer after exiting game with injury
Kershaw sits in dugout showing frustration during the fifth inning after experiencing back pain
History of Kershaw’s injuries
2014 – back inflammation
2016 – herniated disc
2017 – lower back strain
2018 – lower back discomfort
2020 – back stiffness
The 34-year-old has had a history of back issues dating back to 2014 costing him various amounts of time throughout his career.
The Dodgers did not add any additional pitching at the trade deadline and in fact traded away pitcher Matt White to the Toronto Blue Jays.
LA’s rotation was already lacking depth and will now be sweating on Kershaw’s fitness with Walker Buehler already on the Injured List.
Last season Kershaw also missed an extended amount of time dealing with various arm injuries.
To this point in the season Kershaw has looked good when on the mound recording a 2.66 era, 84 strike outs and a 7-3 win-loss record.
The Dodgers have been impressive this year recording a 72-33 record but will likely face competition as we approach the playoffs from a San Diego Padres team that just traded for two of MLB’s best hitters in Juan Soto and Josh Bell.