Clayton Kershaw returned from the disabled list for all of one day before going right back on. This time, with a strained lower back. It’s similar to the injury that sidelined the Los Angeles Dodgers ace for about five weeks last season. Manager Dave Roberts feels the timeline for the left-hander’s return could be around a month.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner experienced tightness during his five-inning outing at home against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Kershaw gave up four hits and one earned run in five innings. All 20 of his four-seam fastballs were 90.0 mph or slower, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. Last year, not a single one of his 1,142 four-seam fastballs was 90.0 mph or slower. The Dodgers made the move Friday afternoon.

The 30-year-old left-hander has spent time on the DL in each of the past two seasons with a back injury. His recent MRI didn’t reveal any tears, Roberts said. But there is inflammation, and Kershaw had an injection. Kershaw’s start this week was his first after nearly a month on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

He said Thursday that he’s “frustrated, disappointed I can’t contribute to the team. Being on the DL’s no fun.” To take Kershaw’s place on the roster, the team recalled right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Kershaw is 1-4 this season with a 2.76 ERA spanning eight starts. The seven-time All-Star has long been one of the most feared pitchers in the game and has a stellar 145-68 career mark with a 2.37 ERA. This is the latest blow to a pitching staff that already is missing Rich Hill (blister), Kenta Maeda (hip) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin).

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