The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, one day after activating him to start Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The left-handed Kershaw departed after five innings against Philadelphia due to lower back discomfort. The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity.
This is the fourth time in the past five seasons that Kershaw has been placed on the DL with back woes. Kershaw, 30, spent four-plus weeks on the DL with left biceps tendinitis before his activation on Thursday.
Kershaw is 1-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts this season. He has struck out 53 batters in 49 innings but is allowing opponents to hit .233. Los Angeles recalled right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
—The Boston Red Sox placed star outfielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain.
Betts has missed the team’s last five games as a result of the injury. The 25-year-old leads the majors with a .359 batting average. He also has 17 home runs, second-most in the league behind teammate J.D. Martinez and three others tied with 18, 37 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
Earlier in the day, the Red Sox released first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez after he cleared waivers. Ramirez, designated for assignment last week, is owed approximately $15 million for the rest of this season.
—The Detroit Tigers activated slugging first baseman Miguel Cabrera prior to their home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 11-time All-Star and two-time American League MVP has been sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury. Cabrera was batting .323 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 26 games.
Detroit also recalled right-hander Zac Reininger from Triple-A Toledo and designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment. The Tigers had an opening for Reininger after placing left-hander Ryan Carpenter on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain suffered in Thursday’s game.
—The Colorado Rockies activated second baseman DJ LeMahieu from the 10-day disabled list and placed outfielder David Dahl on the DL with a broken right foot.
LeMahieu has missed the past 2 1/2 weeks with a sprained left thumb. The two-time All-Star was batting .279 with five homers and 13 RBIs prior to the injury.
Dahl was injured Wednesday when he fouled a ball off his foot in a game against the San Francisco Giants. He broke the second metatarsal and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Dahl is batting .275 with four homers and 13 RBIs.
—The Milwaukee Brewers placed right-hander Zach Davies on the 10-day disabled list due to continuing shoulder issues.
Davies allowed nine runs in nine innings while losing back-to-back starts after coming off the disabled list following a stint due to rotator cuff inflammation. Davies missed 3 1/2 weeks due to the rotator cuff injury and returned for a start on May 24 against the New York Mets, when he allowed four runs and six hits in four innings.
The Brewers recalled first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move. Choi is batting .267 in 15 at-bats for the Brewers. He has one homer and two doubles among his four hits.
—The Seattle Mariners designated struggling reliever Marc Rzepczynski for assignment and recalled fellow left-hander Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.
Rzepczynski, 32, had a 9.39 ERA and 2.87 WHIP in 18 appearances. He allowed 13 hits and walked nine in just 7 2/3 innings. The Mariners have seven days to trade, release or outright Rzepczynski to the minor leagues.
Elias, 29, was reacquired from the Boston Red Sox in April. He is 2-4 with a 4.94 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) at Tacoma. Elias went 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA for the Mariners in 2014. He was traded to Boston following the 2015 season.
—Danny Farquhar returns to the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since he left the stadium in an ambulance due to a brain aneurysm on April 20.
The Chicago White Sox invited their right-handed reliever to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team’s game as a way to celebrate his recovery from the ordeal, which included multiple operations.
The 31-year-old desires to resume his baseball career but that is no certainty. He must closely monitor his stress level and blood pressure during any activity. He estimated that he’s been able to do eight light workouts since being released from the hospital.
—Marlins manager Don Mattingly gave his struggling closer the hook and will turn to Kyle Barraclough in late-game situations until further notice.
Brad Ziegler blew his first save of the season for Miami on Wednesday, but the loss pushed his record this season to 0-5 with a 7.83 ERA. The 38-year-old told reporters he was unable to come up with answers for his performance, saying “It’s pretty empty. It’s a lot of self-examination, questioning, what in the world is going on?”
Barraclough, 28, is 0-2 with one save, two blown saves and a 1.48 ERA in 25 appearances.
—Field Level Media