Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on IL with inflammation

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed Clayton Kershaw on the injured reserve list with inflammation in a pelvic joint.

The Dodgers made the trip several hours before Kershaw (4-0, 1.80 ERA) faced the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Walker Buehler will start in his place.

Los Angeles recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to replace Kershaw.

Kershaw, 34, is off to a stellar start to his 15th season with the Dodgers. Three-time NL winner Cy Young has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in five starts since signing a one-year, $17million deal in March to return to his only professional club.

Kershaw also became the Dodgers franchise leader in strikeouts on April 30.

Kershaw has spent time on the injured list in each of the past seven seasons. He was bothered by pain in his left arm for the entire second half of last season and he missed the Dodgers playoffs.

Buehler (4-1, 1.96 ERA) makes his replacement start on normal rest because the Dodgers have had a day off since his last start. He’s also off to a stellar start to the season with 32 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP.

Cleavinger returns for his third stint with the Dodgers after giving up an earned run in 1 2/3 innings in his previous three appearances for Los Angeles this season. The Dodgers acquired him from Philadelphia in a three-team trade in December 2020.

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