Clayton Kershaw is being treated for back discomfort

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Monday that starter Clayton Kershaw has been receiving treatment for back discomfort, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reports. Roberts added that the lefty’s back issue wasn’t a factor in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Pirates. Kershaw lasted only six innings and yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks with only four strikeouts.

Kershaw’s back has been an “off-and-on issue,” according to Roberts. He is still expected to start on Friday against the Rockies.

Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this season. He’s tied for the league lead in wins, and leads all major league starters in innings pitched, strikeouts, K/BB ratio (16.11), WHIP (0.727), complete games (three), shutouts (three).

The Dodgers have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season, especially in the pitching department. Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chin-Hui Tsao, Yimi Garcia, and Alex Wood are all currently sidelined. Kenta Maeda is day-to-day with a bruised lower right leg.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.