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NL West Notes: Kershaw injury, Bumgarner as a DH

The latest from around the NL West.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw’s back injury is expected to keep him sidelined for at least a month, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

While the Dodgers didn’t have much depth before acquiring Bud Norris from Atlanta, Norris and Brandon McCarthy should be able to help Los Angeles’ rotation remain consistent in Kershaw’s absence.

Kershaw led the league in ERA and tossed the second-most innings in both leagues before going down. The Dodgers are in a position to, at the least, compete for a Wild Card spot, but the rotation will have to pitch well without Kershaw.

More from around the National League West:

  • San Diego placed starter Erik Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained elbow. Johnson was removed from his Tuesday start against the Orioles after pitching five innings.

  • It seemed the Diamondbacks were considering extensions for Brad Ziegler and Daniel Hudson, but the club might be better off trading one or both this summer.

  • Colorado signed four top international players Saturday and is probably not stopping there.

  • Madison Bumgarner decided he was going to hit for himself Thursday, when the Giants played in an AL ballpark. He was the first to do it in 40 years.

  • When it comes to playing at home, the Dodgers really haven’t had much of a problem winning games.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Giants 51-31 — GB

Dodgers 45-37 6.0 GB

Rockies 37-42 12.5 GB

Diamondbacks 36-46 15.0 GB

Padres 34-46 16.0 GB