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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.