Clayton Kershaw makes first rehab start
Clayton Kershaw made his first rehab start as he works to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation.
Kershaw is currently on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his left shoulder. On Thursday, he took the next step in his rehab process with a start at Triple-A in which he pitched into the fifth inning.
OK. Now Kershaw's night is over after getting an out in the fifth inning. 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. 61 pitches.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) April 5, 2019
Kershaw’s velocity was reported to be consistently in the upper 80s during his outing.
Clayton Kershaw walks Brewers prospect Corey Ray to open the game. Everything in upper 80s. Hit 90 twice. pic.twitter.com/xQoXWQoToV
— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) April 5, 2019
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated earlier this week Kershaw would likely make two rehab start before returning to Los Angeles.
Dave Roberts said he’s leaning toward having Clayton Kershaw make two rehab starts before he joins the Dodgers. The first rehab start will be tomorrow in OKC.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 3, 2019
In 26 starts last season, Kershaw went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Prior to this season, Kershaw had made eight consecutive Opening Day starts for the Dodgers.