Rehab start has Kershaw good to go
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Friday at Miami after spending more than two months on the disabled list with a herniated disk.
Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw won’t have a specific pitch count, but the team will be looking at the big picture with the playoffs coming up next month. The Dodgers lead the National League West by three games over the Giants.
Kershaw dominated in his lone rehab start at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night. The left-hander allowed only an infield hit, struck out five and walked none. He threw 35 pitches in the game and another 15 in the bullpen to reach his 50-pitch limit.
“Clayton texted me a couple of times and told me he’s excited,” Roberts said Sunday. “It will be a big lift for the guys.”
Kershaw’s impending return, along with Kenta Maeda starting Monday against the Diamondbacks and two solid starts by Rich Hill, gives the Dodgers’ tattered rotation a major boost.
“We can put our top three with any in baseball, but it starts with Clayton,” Roberts said.
Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERAbefore getting injured in late June.
Still on the disabled list are pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood. Anderson followed Kershaw in Saturday’s game but was again bothered by a blister and was to meet Sunday with the team’s medical staff.
Ryu appears out for the season due to a left elbow injury. Wood could be back in a bullpen role.
McCarthy was to pitch Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga. Kazmir will start Wednesday at Triple-A Oklahoma City, throwing six innings with a 90-pitch limit.