Clayton Kershaw to make rehab start in minors before returning
Clay Kershaw has pitched in only one game since the start of May as he rehabs from a back injury, but it sounds like the left-hander is finally on the verge of making his return.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Kershaw is going to make a start with the team’s Triple-A affiliate on Saturday before rejoining the rotation next week if all goes well.
Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start in OKC on Saturday. If all goes well, he’ll rejoin the rotation next week. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 19, 2018
Roberts had said Monday that the plan for Kershaw was either to make a minor league rehab start of jump straight to pitching for the Dodgers this weekend, but it appears the team has decided to play it safe.
The Dodgers have battled their way back to above .500 on the year and are just two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. Things should continue to trend upward when Kershaw returns.