The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list on Friday, a day after leaving his start in San Francisco with lower back pain.
The team activated utility Chris Taylor (foot) from the DL, recalled right-hander Reyes Moronta and opted for outfielder James Outman.
Kershaw said he felt uncomfortable warming up before the start of the fifth inning Thursday. Three-time NL award winner Cy Young grimaced and pointed to his dugout, then cautiously walked off the field with an athletic trainer.
“I just felt something lock in there in the fifth and I couldn’t really pitch after that,” Kershaw said Thursday. “Something in my back again. … I saw a doctor, but really nothing to do until – just seeing how I wake up in the morning, that’s probably the first thing, then go from there. “
Kershaw, 34, pitched 66 in four innings, allowing one earned run and three hits with four strikeouts. He started with a 4-2 lead and the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-3 to complete a four-game sweep.
“Obviously any time a pitcher has to come out of a game there’s some level of concern,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday. “Given it’s his back – which has been problematic at times – we won’t know until we do some tests.”
Kershaw has dealt with back issues throughout his career. He spent time on the injured list earlier this season due to an inflamed pelvic joint.
Kershaw is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 starts.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.