The Los Angeles Dodgers’ relatively straight-forward afternoon quickly turned into a concerning one.
"Clayton Kershaw just exited the game after some warm-up pitches." - Fabian Ardaya
Kershaw could be seen mouthing, “It’s my back” to manager Dave Roberts. The nature and extent of the setback is not yet known.
"Clayton Kershaw exited his start early and appears to mention his back as the reason why." - B/R Walk-Off
Before Kershaw's afternoon ended abruptly, new Giants utility man J.D. Davis launched a two-run homer off Kershaw in the second to put San Francisco 2-1 ahead.
"J.D. Davis launches a two-run homer off of Clayton Kershaw in his second game with the Giants." - SNY Mets
Kershaw is indispensable to the Dodgers set-up and fans lost their minds following their star LHP’s latest setback.
He entered the game on Thursday with a 2.66 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts in 81.1 innings across 14 starts this year.
On the other hand, Kershaw’s withdrawal could simply be a precautionary measure.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a three-game series against the San Diego Padres coming up next.
Clayton Kershaw’s injury record is starting to become a concern for the Los Angeles Dodgers
This isn’t Kershaw’s first injury this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed the 34-year-old on the IL midway through May with a pelvic joint inflammation. He was out of action for almost a month before returning against, co-incidentally, the Giants.
Kershaw has been dealing with injuries over the last two seasons. He started 22 times last year, but missed the playoffs with a forearm injury.
Kershaw signed a one-year deal to return to the Dodgers following Max Scherzer’s departure. His absence from any game will be a blow, but the Dodgers have a rotation that boasts the likes of Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson.
Luckily for Dodgers fans, their team is not a one-man show. At the time of writing, the Dodgers are heading for their fifth straight win. Having trailed 2-1 against the Giants after two innings, the Dodgers are cruising to a 5-2 win during the eighth.