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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw leaves with apparent injury

Sep 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw exited Los Angeles’ Friday game in the second inning against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers with an apparent injury.

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 manager Dave 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 was 185-84 with a 2.48 ERA entering play Friday.

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