Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw going on DL with lower back tightness

There is no panic at Dodger Stadium. Yet.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was pulled after two scorele s innings of Sunday’s game against the Braves. Kershaw, who had struck out two with a walk, had not allowed a hit before leaving with an apparent injury. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Sunday’s 5-4 win that Kershaw will go on the disabled list without a timetable on a return. Tests on Kershaw’s back are scheduled for Monday.Kershaw, who is a leading candidate for both the National League Cy Young Award and MVP, walked straight to the team’s clubhouse following the second inning. He was replaced by Ro s Stripling, who gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips in the top of the third.Kershaw, who is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA,had lost some velocity on his fastball from the first to the second inning.He Shin-Soo Choo Jersey may have been injured during a second-inning pitch to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers. Kershawgrimaced after throwing a pitch and his battery mate, Austin Barnes, saw Kershaw’s reaction and went out to the mound to speak with him. Flowers walked, but Kershaw struck out Matt Adams to end the inning.Clayton Kershaw injury. Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 23, 2017The Dodgers later announced Kershaw was pulled because of lower back tightne s..@ClaytonKersh22 left today’s game with right low back tightne s. Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 23, 2017Kershaw did mi s 2 1/2 months last year because of a herniated disk in his lower back. It has not been an i sue this season and he has not mi sed any time. It is unknown if Sunday’s lower back tightne s was related to last year’s injury.

Former MLB pitcher Milt Pappas dies at 76

Former MLB pitcher Milt Pappas died Tuesday at the age of 76.The two-time All-Star pa sed from natural causes, police in Beecher, Ill., confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.Pappas was best known for being on the wrong end of one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history when the Orioles traded him and two other players to the Reds for future Hall of Famer Frank Josh Bell Jersey Robinson before the 1966 season.MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2016He also gained notoriety for coming one pitch shy of a perfect game in 1972 while a member of the Cubs. After home plate umpire Bruce Froemming called a close 3-2 pitch to San Padres outfielder Larry Stahl a ball, Pappas began yelling at Froemming. Half of his obscenities were in Greek. Pappas retired the next batter to complete the no-hitter, but had always believed he deserved the perfect game.Pappas went 209-164 with a 3.40 ERA over his 17-year MLB career.Born in Detroit, Pappas began his MLB career with the Orioles in 1957. Against the Yankees late in the 1961 season, Pappas surrendered the 59th home run of the season to Roger Maris. Pappas was selected to the All-Star Game in 1962 and 1965.The Reds sent Pappas to Atlanta in 1968 before he finished his career with the Cubs from 1970-73.Known as a pitcher with excellent control, Pappas Kent Tekulve Jersey led the league in fewest walks nine times and never had more than 83 in any season.Pappas was seriously injured in a 2013 single-car accident, sufferingeight broken ribs and a lacerated ear.Pappas’ wife, Carole, disappeared in 1982 before her body was discovered five years later in a pond; authorities determined she had accidentally driven her car into the water. The couple had been married for 22 years and had two children,Michelle and Steve.Pappas remarried in 1990 and moved to Beecher with his wife, Judi, with whom he hada daughter, Alexandria.

Padres pitcher Jose Torres suspended for remainder of season after MLB investigation

Padres pitcher Jose Torres has been suspended for the remainder of the 2018 season without pay as a result of violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy, commi sioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.Torres has agreed not to appeal the discipline, whichis retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games.”My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Torres violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual A sault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence Robin Roberts Jersey , I have concluded that Mr. Torres violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of unpaid suspension that will cover the balance of the season.”The Padres released a statement shortly after MLB’sannouncement, supportingthedecision.”We fully support the decision by the Commi sioner’s Office to suspend Jose Torres for violating the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy,” the team’sstatement read. “We will continue to support the league’s efforts to educateplayers and prevent instances like thisfrom occurring in the future.”The 24-year-old has been on therestricted list since February after he was arrested in December and was charged with a sault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage and intimidation stemming from the incident Tommy Joseph Jersey at a Phoenix-area home he shares with a woman.Torres appeared in 62 games in 2017, posting an ERA of 4.21 in 68.1 innings coming out of the Padres pen.