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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.