NL West-leading Dodgers lose Kershaw to DL with back injury

Published 4:48 p.m. ET July 23, 2017 | Updated 2:30 a.m. ET July 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury.

A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

It leaves baseball’s top team without its best pitcher. The Dodgers lead the majors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West standings by 10 ½ games.

Kershaw was set to meet with a back specialist Sunday evening for tests, although manager Dave Roberts was already sure that Kershaw would be placed on the 10-day DL.

Kershaw is 15-2 with a 2.04…

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