The Dodgers on Sunday activated left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw from the injured list. To create space on the active roster, the team optioned right-handed pitcher Mitch White back to camp.
After being placed on the IL on Opening Day, the 32-year-old Kershaw will start the series finale in Arizona after missing the first nine games of the season with lower back soreness. The Texas native is entering his 13th season in the major leagues and is 169-74 with 2.44 ERA (617 ER/2274.2 IP) and 2464 strikeouts.
Last season, Kersh went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA (60 ER/178.1 IP) and 189 strikeouts in 29 games (28 starts), while passing Sandy Koufax (2,397 strikeouts) for most strikeouts by a left-hander in franchise history and most wins (165) in Los Angeles Dodgers franchise history. He was originally drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 2006 MLB draft out of Highland Park High School.
White, 25, was recalled yesterday for the first time in his career. The San Jose, CA native has been with the Dodgers four seasons across five different levels, posting a 14-15 record with a 3.97 ERA (130 ER/294.2 IP) and 311 strikeouts.
Last season, White split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going a combined 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA (53 ER/93.2 IP) and 105 strikeouts. The young righty was originally selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Santa Clara University.
White did not make an appearance during his one-game big league stay.
In other news, skipper Dave Roberts told reporters that Corey Seager is day to day after dealing with two different leg issues. The first involved the shortstop taking a foul ball off his calf in Friday’s contest, while the second has affected cramping in his quad, conceivably resulting from dehydration issues.
Roberts also said on Sunday that infielder Gavin Lux is “getting closer” to big league action.
Sunday’s lineup vs. righty Kelly:
- Betts RF
- Muncy 1B
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger CF
- Taylor SS
- Pollock LF
- Pederson DH
- Hernandez 2B
- Barnes C
- Kershaw P
First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. Los Angeles time.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)