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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Making More Progress In Return

Future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw could be back on the big league mound before we know it. The left-hander threw a two-inning simulated game Sunday before the Dodgers’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Manager Dave Roberts provided an update, and it was a promising one.

“It was good to see him throw two innings. We accomplished what we wanted to.”

Dave Roberts, via Associated Press

Fabian Ardaya of The Atheltic shared that Roberts said if everything goes well, Kershaw could only need two rehab starts before L.A. activates him.

The 36-year-old has been sidelined all season long after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder last November, and it seems like Kershaw could be ready to make his 2024 debut for the Dodgers at some point within the next month or so. It’s unclear what type of role Kershaw could play for the Dodgers when he comes back, but one thing is for sure: L.A. will use him to ramp him up for postseason baseball.

Kershaw previously made a three-inning rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on June 19, but he was subsequently shut down from throwing for the next week after experiencing lingering soreness in his shoulder. 

For now that’s all in the past. According to Roberts, Kershaw is in line to start Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The expectation for Kershaw is to pitch three innings. Two more starts could allow the Dodgers activate Kershaw off the 60-day IL as early as July 28.

The road to recovery has been long and rocky, but it’s almost at its end. No. 22 could be on a big league mound soon.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

I write about sports. Staff writer at Dodgers Nation, LA Sports Report network of sites, and Newsweek. I’m also lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan.

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