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Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on DL with back strain

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw couldn’t even make it through his first start since returning from the disabled list before finding himself on the shelf again.

Making his first appearance since suffering biceps tendinitis in his left arm, Kershaw was pulled after five innings with back discomfort Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kershaw has now been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the Dodgers announced Friday afternoon.

A three-time Cy Young winner, the 30-year-old Kershaw made just 48 starts over the past two seasons. He’s seen action in a grand total of eight games this year.

Depending on the length of this injury, it could have a major impact on Los Angeles’ playoff chances. The defending NL champs find themselves at 26-30 on the season and four games behind Colorado in the National League West.