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MLB: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw leaves with forearm injury

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Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw exited Los Angeles’ Friday game in the second inning against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers due to left forearm discomfort, the team announced.

Kershaw’s status for the National League playoffs, which start next week, is uncertain.

“We’re going to do more tests (Saturday), but obviously when Clayton has to come out of a game, it doesn’t bode well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said postgame. “What that means, we just don’t know enough right now, but where we’re at in the schedule, with what’s left in the season, just not too optimistic right now.”

Kershaw said, “I’ll get it looked at, obviously, in the next couple of days. I haven’t quite wrapped my head around all of that yet.”

Reflecting on his rehab that saw him rejoin the rotation in mid-September, he said, “Once I got hurt, it was just come back and make it up this month. That’s the hard part right now is knowing that it will be a challenge even to contribute at all this next month.”

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who spent more than two months on the injured list this season with left elbow inflammation, gave up one hit in an uneventful first inning. He ran into trouble quickly in the second inning.

Kershaw gave up three consecutive hits to allow a run to score, with a second run coming home on a groundout. After a two-out RBI double from Kolten Wong, Kershaw received a visit from Roberts and a team trainer before he was removed from the game following a brief discussion.

Kershaw, 33, has a 3.55 ERA in 22 starts this season. Since making 33 starts in 2015, he has struggled with back issues but did not have an ERA over 3.03 until this year. In 14 seasons, all with the Dodgers, he is 185-84 with a 2.49 ERA.

The Dodgers began the final weekend of the season trailing the San Francisco Giants by two games with three remaining. Los Angeles was attempting to capture its ninth consecutive NL West title.

–Field Level Media

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