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Clayton Kershaw’s return from a back injury still “uncertain”

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been on the disabled list since late June with mild disc herniation in his lower back. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, but manager Dave Roberts said the lefty “didn’t feel great” on Sunday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers will shut Kershaw down until his back pain goes away. Roberts called Kershaw’s return timetable “uncertain.”

Hyun-Jin Ryu also hit the disabled list on Tuesday as the Dodgers’ starting pitching woes continue. Kershaw was in the midst of another spectacular season, as he was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.

Julio Urias is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to rejoin the Dodgers rotation on Thursday. The Dodgers enter Tuesday’s action 52-42, 5.5 games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.