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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.