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.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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