By Jon Weisman
Joc Pederson and Clayton Kershaw have officially been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with Will Venable returning from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Pederson’s spot on the 25-man roster, and Bud Norris coming onto the team for Kershaw.
Pederson is second on the Dodgers with 16 doubles, 13 homers, 31 walks, a .476 slugging percentage, .342 weighted on-base average and 116 weighted runs created. The 24-year-old hasn’t played since crashing into the outfield wall Tuesday at Milwaukee and suffering a sprained right AC (acromioclavicular) joint.
Like Kershaw, who has a mild disc herniation, Pederson would be eligible to come off the disabled list before the Dodgers’ first game after the All-Star Game, July 15 in Arizona.
Venable originally signed with the Dodgers on June 14, doubled and scored the game-winning run in the Dodgers’ 10-inning victory June 17, then was designated for assignment June 24. He accepted an assignment to Oklahoma City soon after, and singled in his only plate appearance.
Layne Somsen, whom the Dodgers claimed June 22, was designated for assignment to make room for Venable on the 40-man roster. Somsen pitched one shutout inning for Oklahoma City, allowing two hits and a walk and striking out one.