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.