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Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is headed to the 10-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to May 3. While Dodgers and Padres are scheduled to finish up their last game in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday, Kershaw has reportedly been sent back to Los Angeles for an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The severity of his injury is not fully known.

It’s devastating news for the southpaw, who has managed to steer clear of serious arm injuries over the course of an incredible 11-year career. While he missed significant time in 2016 and 2017 with a chronic lower back strain, he still put up award-worthy numbers: three shutouts and a 1.69 ERA in 2016, an 18-4 record and NL-leading 2.31 in 2017. He got off to an equally strong start in 2018, pitching to a 2.86 ERA in his first seven starts and fending off batters with a 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through 44 innings.

As the Dodgers wait to take the next steps with their ace lefty, right-hander Brock Stewart is expected to fill in for Kershaw on the 25-man roster. Stewart, 26, has impressed during his limited time in Triple-A this spring, tossing a 2.41 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 18 2/3 innings. The rotation, meanwhile, will pivot to a combination of Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling, and rookie Walker Buehler.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.