The Dodgers and Giants are playing the final game of their series this afternoon in the Bay Area. With Los Angeles looking for another 4-game sweep, they sent out Clayton Kershaw to the mound. He got through 4 innings of work before coming out of the game.
Kershaw threw some warm-up pitches before the training staff came out to get him. The Dodgers pitcher seemed to indicate that it was his back flaring up, and the team immediately took him from the game. He had given up 1 earned runs and punched out 4 batters.
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw appeared to say to trainer as he was leaving field, "It's my back." His actions after last two warmup pitches certainly reflect that.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 4, 2022
Later in the game, the Dodgers stated that they’ve characterized the injury as “lower back pain”.
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