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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Discusses His Rehab Start in Rancho Cucamonga

Clayton Kershaw is hopefully nearing a return to the Dodgers. The franchise cornerstone was initially placed on the injured list with a hip/back injury on May 13th. After an extended period of time off not throwing off a rubber, the lefty made a minor league rehab start on Sunday with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Single-A).

Kershaw looked to be in fine form in his first outing. The southpaw threw four innings of one run ball and struck out seven batters. He threw 59 pitches, 44 of the 59 were for strikes. It’s only single-A, but it’s encouraging to see Kershaw on the right track.

After the game, the three-time Cy Young winner was asked if he’s going to make another rehab start. His response was short, honest, and hilarious.

“I hope not.”

Clayton also noted how the most important result from his start is how he feels after throwing in a competitive game.

“I feel alright. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow feeling good. Overall, it was a good step.”

Kershaw is going to travel with the team for their six-game road trip that starts with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Clayton is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and if he checks that final box, he could get a start during the team’s weekend series in San Francisco. 

On the season, Clayton has a 1.80 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. For the first time in his career, the lefty earned a win in four of his first five starts of the season.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

One Comment

  1. We need Kershaw and Heany back to help take pressure of
    the bullpen. But more importantly we need to get some offense, and actually stop leaving runners in scoring position.

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