Clayton Kershaw leaves with harm vs. Giants -

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw exited with low again pain earlier than the bottom of the fifth inning of Thursday's 5-three win over the Giants at Oracle Park. 

As he warmed up to pitch the fifth, Kershaw felt his back tighten up after his penultimate warmup throw. He then tried to throw one more to test the back, however immediately motioned over to the Dodgers dugout. He left the online game with coach Thomas Albert. 

Kershaw referred to he'll recognize more after he sees how he wakes up on Friday and after a series of assessments. Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts additionally talked about there's always a degree of difficulty when it involves Kershaw's back, but they gained't have tons tips until Friday. 

"It's a good amount," Kershaw stated, when asked how frustrating it is to deal with extra lower back considerations. "I just felt whatever type of lock up there within the fifth. Couldn't really throw after that."

the longer term hall of Famer has dealt with back complications throughout his career, landing on the injured record with a again damage in five of his closing seven seasons. Kershaw has now not ignored fewer than three weeks in each and every of those stints on the injured listing. This season, Kershaw missed a month with appropriate SI joint irritation, which flared up right through a go-nation flight. 

notwithstanding the Dodgers will be aware of greater following the checking out, another stint on the injured checklist for Kershaw isn't off the desk. 

"I'm no longer going to are attempting to get too far ahead of it," Roberts said. "certainly any time a pitcher has to come out of a game, there's just a little of a priority degree. again, given it's his again, which has been difficult every now and then -- we simply won't recognize greater unless we get some checks."

If Kershaw is compelled to omit time, it could be one more massive blow for the Dodgers. When match, Kershaw has been one of the most club's superior pitchers, posting a 2.sixty four era over 15 begins. The Dodgers didn't alternate for a starting pitcher before the Aug. 2 alternate cut-off date. as a substitute, they traded away appropriate-hander Mitch White -- their ideal depth piece. 

Dustin may, who pitched 4 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma city throughout his rehab task on Wednesday, will want at least one other day trip in the Minors earlier than being a candidate to change any starts Kershaw might omit. Ryan Pepiot, who has a 2.76 era in four begins this season, is additionally an choice.

Seeing Kershaw depart the game was about the most effective issue that went wrong for the Dodgers all over their 7-1 road commute towards the Rockies and Giants. L.A. has gained eight in a row against the Giants, sweeping them in a four-video game sequence in San Francisco for the primary time considering the fact that 1977. 

The Dodgers' dominance and the Giants' frustration changed into on monitor within the sixth inning as reliever Jarlín García mocked l. a.' hit get together after outstanding out Cody Bellinger and James Outman. After the 2nd punchout ended the frame, García pointed at Mookie Betts, who became on the on-deck circle, as he walked off the field. Betts took exception.

"I don't understand. I didn't do anything else. It was all brilliant to me," observed Betts, who hit his twenty fifth homer of the season to put the Dodgers ahead within the fourth. "I guess he felt a certain manner. I don't recognize. You need to ask him."

After the game, García referred to he didn't intend to disrespect any of the Dodgers' gamers and that the Giants have been additionally there to compete. García also noted Betts is "one of my favorite avid gamers." however García simply happened to pump up the Dodgers, who had been much more animated following Trea Turner's homer in the seventh. 

"I'm not going to lower back down at that factor," Betts pointed out. "I'm now not going to run faraway from it. I'm not going to inspire it, but I'm now not going to run away."

Over the closing month and a half, the Dodgers (72-33) haven't ran away from any challenges. they are 39 games over .500 and have a 21 1/2 game lead in the NL West over the third-vicinity Giants. due to the fact the All-big name ruin, the Dodgers are 12-three, the ultimate mark within the Majors.

notwithstanding a banged-up Kershaw is a hit to the rotation, the Dodgers had been clicking on all cylinders for an extended length of time. seems like a fine time to host the Padres on Friday, the first assembly due to the fact that San Diego obtained Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury. 

"We're playing definitely respectable baseball," Roberts talked about. "We're doing issues to win baseball video games. It's in fact, truly respectable to see."

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