ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
The 26-year-old left-hander, coming off his second Cy Young Award in three years, already had been scratched from his scheduled start in San Diego on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem.
Kershaw was on a throwing progression program and was tossing the ball at different distances Saturday before the team’s Freeway Series finale against the Angels when he experienced some discomfort on his 27th throw.
“He felt it, and that was the last straw,” manager Don Mattingly said. “So at that point, we knew we couldn’t have gone any further and that it was a DL situation.”
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Kershaw, who signed a $215 million, seven-year contract Jan. 15, won the Dodgers’ season opener 3-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia last weekend.
The three-time All-Star was hoping to get back in the rotation for Friday’s home opener against San Francisco, but instead it will be Hyun-Jin Ryu, who also will get the assignment Sunday at San Diego against Andrew Cashner.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout, the 22-year-old center fielder, formalized his new $144.5 million, six-year deal shortly before the Angels’ final exhibition game, committing to the club through 2020.
Trout, who makes $1 million this season, had no problem giving up a few years of free-agent freedom in exchange for lifelong financial security and a chance to keep playing in sunny Orange County for a wealthy franchise capable of winning a World Series.
Trout gets $2 million of his $5 million signing bonus within 30 days of the contract’s approval, and the rest by Oct. 15. His salaries are $5.25 million in 2015, $15.25 million in 2016, $19.25 million in 2017 and $33.25 million in each of the final three seasons.
“When the owner comes out and puts up these big numbers, like $33 million, it’s hard to turn down,” Trout said. “For security as well, obviously, you never know what could happen. You could get hurt during the season. You never know.”
• The Washington Nationals placed former Mariners pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back. The move is retroactive to March 23. He is expected to miss anywhere from three weeks to 30 days.
• After a breakout season in 2013, catcher Yan Gomes agreed to terms with Cleveland on a multiyear contract. Gomes batted .294 with 11 homers and 38 runs batted in in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians. FoxSports.com first reported the $23 million, six-year deal, which includes two club options.
• Coaches from the Oakland Athletics were sent scrambling after toilets in the home clubhouse of Oakland’s stadium backed up and overflowed before Saturday’s exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants. It was the latest in a series of plumbing problems that have plagued the aging stadium, which was built in the late 1960s.
• San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is expected to make his first scheduled start in the regular season despite getting hit on the left knee by a comebacker.
• The Atlanta Braves are facing the possibility of losing another pitcher for the season after general manager Frank Wren said Cory Gearrin has a serious injury to his right elbow.