MILWAUKEE — Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles for tests on a sore back that has been bothering him for a few weeks.
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday he was still hopeful Kershaw will make his next scheduled start Friday.
The three-time NL Cy Young winner leads the majors this season with a 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts. He struggled Sunday in Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Roberts said Kershaw has been dealing on and off with a problem in his lower back.
"He's not any better, so what we're going to do, we decided to fly him back," Roberts said. "He's not pitching here in Milwaukee, so as we looked at his Friday start, to give him a couple days back home makes sense."
LATE FINISH ANGERS GIRARDI: Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted the last out should have come well before midnight, let alone 2:44 a.m. Tuesday, when the game finally ended. The Rangers rallied after a rain delay of more than 31/2 hours in the ninth to win 9-6. "To me, the game should've been stopped earlier than that," Girardi said. "We played in horrible conditions, and I think you risk injuries to players. And we saw a bunch of their outfielders slip." In Tuesday's game, RF Carlos Beltran left with a tight right hamstring and was sent for an MRI exam.
METS: RHP Noah Syndergaard is pitching with what GM Sandy Alderson called a small bone chip in his elbow. Syndergaard isn't expected to miss any time. LHP Steven Matz, who also has a bone chip, had his next start pushed back a day to Thursday.
PADRES: CF Jon Jay went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right forearm that is likely to sideline him 6-8 weeks. LF Alex Dickerson was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
RED SOX: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket a day after allowing nine runs in 22/3 innings against the Rays.
TWINS: RHP Phil Hughes will have season-ending shoulder surgery. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training.