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Tyler Glasnow is the latest Dodgers starting pitcher to go to the IL – Orange County Register

Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow suffered a strain in his lower back while catching on Sunday and did not travel with the team to Philadelphia. Glasnow was placed on the injured list, but the problem was not considered serious enough to require an MRI or other imaging tests. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

PHILADELPHIA – Dodgers manager Dave Roberts may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when it comes to the injuries sustained by his starting pitchers.

The Dodgers couldn’t reach the All-Star break without taking another pitcher out of their rotation. All-Star right-hander Tyler Glasnow was placed on the injured list on Tuesday with a lower back injury.

The problem arose while Glasnow was playing catch on Sunday, according to Roberts, and he did not travel to Philadelphia. It was not considered serious enough to require an MRI or other imaging tests.

Glasnow joins Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw on the IL (along with an assortment of relievers). The Dodgers’ starting rotation now consists of three rookies (Gavin Stone, Landon Knack and Justin Wrobelski), one near-rookie (Bobby Miller) and one veteran, James Paxton.

“Interestingly, I’m unfazed by it,” Roberts said when asked if it sounded familiar after the rotation disintegrated in the second half last year. “You just pick up the pieces, or whatever you have, and readjust and move on.”

“It’s certainly not ideal. But my job is to move things forward.”

Glasnow, 30, is 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. He was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade in December and received a five-year, $136.5 million contract extension as part of the deal that brought the former Hart High School star back home. He leads the MLB with 143 strikeouts, the most for a Dodger before the All-Star Game since Clayton Kershaw had 159 in 2017. Glasnow’s 11.81 strikeouts per nine innings are second-best in baseball.

It was clear that Glasnow would end up on the injured list at some point this season. With 109 innings already thrown, he is only 11 short of his career high and the Dodgers were sure that they would slow him down at some point with an eye on October.

“It kind of fit in with the All-Star break. We had obviously thought about it, but had no idea when it would happen or not,” Roberts admitted. “But with the back problems flaring up again, we just thought this was as good a time as any.”

Roberts said the decision was not performance-related, but Glasnow had allowed five runs in each of his last two starts and three of his last five before going on the injured list.

“If you look at his stuff, there are still 97s, 98s. When he hits a slider right, the slider is still really good. The curveball characteristics are still good. The speed of the curveball. Arm speed, the body, all that stuff, it still holds up,” Roberts said. “But the execution hasn’t been good at times.”

With Glasnow out, Wrobelski was not sent back to Triple-A as expected after making his major league debut on Sunday. Knack will start Thursday in Philadelphia. Wrobelski could start Friday after four days of rest, or the Dodgers could play a bullpen game and move the rotation back a day.

“We haven’t quite decided that yet,” Roberts said.

Glasnow can return on July 21.

Right-hander Michael Petersen was recalled on Tuesday to take Glasnow’s place on the roster.

KERSHAW REHAB

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return to work rehabbing his injury in the minor leagues with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. Kershaw is expected to pitch three innings.