Clayton Kershaw (back) will return to the Dodgers' rotation Saturday against the Mets.
Advice: Kershaw had been scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but that team is playing a weekend series in Omaha, where there is heavy rain in the forecast. The ace left-hander will instead jump right back into major league action, with a pretty favorable matchup versus the free-falling Mets. Kershaw has been limited to 49 innings this season due to back and biceps issues. When healthy, he has delivered a 2.76 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 53/11 K/BB ratio.
Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Advice: Kershaw hinted at possibly rejoining the Dodgers' rotation this weekend after completing a simulated game on Monday, but the Dodgers don't want to rush his return. Instead, he'll throw four innings in Triple-A on Saturday, setting up his activation for a probable return next Thursday against the Cubs. Kershaw has made just one start dating back to May 1, but the Dodgers have done a great job holding down the fort.
Clayton Kershaw (back) said after getting through a three-inning simulated game Monday that he expects to pitch in a game in five days.
Advice: Kershaw wouldn't say if that game would be a start in New York against the Mets, but he didn't seem to rule it out, either. The veteran left-hander has made just one start for the Dodgers since May 1, but he has rejoined their rotation without a rehab start before in the past. We'll know more about his status in the coming days.
Clayton Kershaw (back) threw three innings Monday in a simulated game.
Advice: Kershaw faced a small group of teammates, including the likes of Cody Bellinger and Chase Utley. Assuming no issues with the back, the southpaw will throw another bullpen session before beginning a possible rehab assignment late this week or early next week. Kershaw has made just one start for the Dodgers since May 1, but they have still managed to bounce back nicely in the standings.
Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw a simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday.
Advice: After the sim game, Kershaw will throw another bullpen session -- he's thrown two already, the most recent, on Friday, consisting of 55 pitches -- before heading out for a rehab start late this week or early next week. Assuming all that goes well, he should be ready to return, the Dodgers hope. That puts him in line for a late June or early July activation, which is right around the timetable anticipated for his return. He's been out since June 2 with a lower back strain. Kershaw has made just eight starts this year due to injury.
Clayton Kershaw (back) threw 55 pitches in another successful bullpen session on Friday.
Advice: The session included a simulated inning break. The next step will be for him to face live hitters, either in a simulated game or on a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, it appears that Kershaw remains on track for a return in early July.