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Dodgers place Joc Pederson on the DL with shoulder injury

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, injured crashing into the outfield wall making a game-saving catch at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Tuesday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right AC joint on Friday.

The Dodgers also officially placed three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.79) on the disabled list with mild disk herniation in his back. Kershaw was feeling “considerably better” after undergoing an epidural, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Pederson injured his non-throwing shoulder in the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory Tuesday after crashing into the center field wall chasing down a drive off the bat of Brewers slugger Chris Carter. Pederson collapsed after making the catch, allowing Jonathan Lucroy to score from second base on the sacrifice fly. Pederson was escorted off the field.

The Dodgers activated right-hander Bud Norris, acquired on Thursday in a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves, to start in Kershaw’s place Friday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles selected the contract of outfielder Max Venable from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Venable on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-hander Layne Somsen for assignment.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.