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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Gets Candid on Rehab From First Surgery

When Clayton Kershaw says he isn’t excited to be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers Single-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, it’s nothing against the Quakes. He just doesn’t like rehab starts.

“I’m definitely not excited — I don’t think anybody gets excited about rehab starts,” Kershaw told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times after throwing to hitters in a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Thursday in Dodger Stadium. “But it’s a necessary evil. It’s something you gotta do.

“This is good. You get your work in. But you gotta get in a game setting, get in that atmosphere. There may be a long inning, maybe stuff that you can’t really simulate here. So this is just the next step in the process.

It’s hard for the lefty to remain patient through this process because he never done it before. This is the first time in his professional career rehabbing from off-season surgery. However, he feels like he is right where he needs to be with his progress.

“I’m right where I think I should be,” Kershaw said. “Everything has been pretty smooth sailing so far. No setbacks. Once again, I’ve never had surgery. I don’t really know how it goes. People say there are ups and downs. I really haven’t had the downs”

“Every box has been checked to this point, but I’m not getting my hopes up yet. There’s a lot that can happen in the next few weeks. But if everything goes well, I’ll be excited to get back, for sure.”

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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