Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start today by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a sore right hip.
The announcement came during batting practice before Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kershaw may have to undergo arthroscopic surgery if the pain persists, which would be another blow to a rotation that lost starters Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly to season-ending injuries.
Kershaw is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA and a league-leading 206 strikeouts, after going 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and major league-best 248 strikeouts in 2011.
The five-year veteran left-hander also was scratched from a scheduled start last Sunday in San Francisco before coming back with seven innings Monday at Arizona and giving up three hits and an unearned run in a 1-0 loss.
Rookie right-hander Stephen Fife will make his fourth start of the season for the Dodgers today against Adam Wainwright in the finale of the four-game series.
Speedy outfielder Brett Gardner could be activated from the disabled list soon to give the Yankees a potential pinch runner off the bench.
Gardner has been sidelined since April 18 with a strained right elbow that required surgery in July. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team doesn’t expect Gardner to be able to hit again this season, but his legs and glove could be useful down the stretch.
Gardner ran the bases and worked on bunting Saturday before New York played Tampa Bay.
“I’m not swinging a bat right now. I might start doing that next week. We’ll see how that goes,” Gardner said. “If there’s a situation where I can pinch run or possibly play defense down the road, I’d like to help out.”
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox’s lineup after missing two games for the birth of his second son. … White Sox slugger Adam Dunn returned to the White Sox’s lineup for the first time since straining a muscle on his right side more than a week ago. … The Rays activated infielder Sean Rodriguez from the 15-day DL. … The Braves activated Ben Sheets from the 15-day DL, and he will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. He has been out with right shoulder inflammation for three weeks. … Pirates second baseman Neil Walker returned to the starting lineup against the Cubs after missing more than two weeks because of lower back tightness.