Clayton Kershaw scratched from Friday’s start against the Angels

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Friday’s start against the Angels due to his ongoing hip issue. Zack Greinke will move up a day for the start, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kershaw was supposed to start on Wednesday, but that was pushed back as a result of his nagging hip. It remains to be seen if the lefty will need to go on the disabled list. That’s obviously something the Dodgers are hoping to avoid. For what it’s worth, Kershaw is scheduled to start on Saturday.

Kershaw owns a 2.51 ERA with a 185/27 K/BB ratio in 140 innings this season. If not for Greinke, he would be talked about more in the NL Cy Young Award race, with two months remaining in the regular season.

Pirates shut down Chris Archer

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The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.

Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.