On July 23rd, the Los Angeles Dodgers were scheduled to face the San Francisco Giants in part of the MLB’s Opening Day. Just hours before the first pitch, it was announced that Kershaw was pulled from his start due to back stiffness.
After further evaluations, Kershaw was eventually cleared to start on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers, who now sit with a 7-3 record, went on to win the game by a 3-0 margin.
In total, Los Angeles placed Kershaw on the mound for 5.2 innings, as he compiled six strikeouts and only surrendered three hits.
In his absence, the Dodgers have posted a league-best 2.04 team ERA. With the 32-year old starter healthy and apart of the roster, the Dodgers continue to be a force across the MLB.