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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw receives clean MRI on left elbow

Jul 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received a clean MRI on his sore left elbow Friday afternoon.

Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw’s pitching elbow was found to have inflammation but no further structural damage. The three-time Cy Young Award winner will resume playing catch Saturday in preparation to slot back into the rotation following the All-Star break.

“It was soreness,” Roberts said. “He’s never had soreness in his elbow, so we wanted to check all the boxes and make sure there’s nothing else to it. Fortunately, there wasn’t.”

Kershaw threw four innings and allowed three runs in a rain-shortened outing against the Washington Nationals on July 3 before landing on the injured list.

The southpaw is 9-7 this season with a 3.39 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings.

He will be eligible to return from the IL when the Dodgers return from the break to face the Colorado Rockies in Denver on July 16.

–Field Level Media