Clayton Kershaw injury: Dodgers ace on DL (back) - Sports Illustrated

Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on DL, acquire Bud Norris from Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Thursday. 
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Thursday. Later Thursday, Los Angeles acquired starter Bud Norris from the Braves.

Kershaw left the team’s current road trip earlier this week to have his back examined by team doctors. He felt soreness in his back on Monday after starting in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates the previous day.

Kershaw has been diagnosed with a mild disc herniation and surgery will not be required to repair the injury. 

He received an epidural in his lower back on Wednesday and the team is “hopeful” that the pitcher can make a return after the All-Star break.

There is no word on who will start in Kershaw’s place on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw finished June with a 2.36 ERA.

In the Norris trade, the Dodgers also acquired Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash. Atlanta received minor league pitchers Philip Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks.