Clayton Kershaw will go on the disabled list with a back injury

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural for his ailing back on Wednesday and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. McCullough adds that the Dogers hope to get Kershaw back after the All-Star break.

Kershaw, 28, struggled in his most recent start, allowing four runs in six innings to the Pirates, walking two batters in a start for the first time this season while striking out only four. His overall numbers are still ridiculous, though, as he stands with an 11-2 record, a 1.79 ERA, and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.

Per McCullough, the Dodgers haven’t yet named a starter for Friday, which would have been Kershaw’s next start. They’re currently looking to bring in pitching help from the outside. The club has reportedly discussed Erasmo Ramirez with the Rays.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He 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 was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.