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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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.