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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw May Have Rehab Start Pushed Back

Clayton Kershaw might not start for Triple-A Oklahoma City in Reno on Tuesday after all.

The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander struck out five and allowed a run over three innings in his first rehab start with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. It was his first game action since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

However, manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Saturday’s Freeway Series game against the Los Angeles Angels that Kershaw was experiencing some soreness and could have his next start pushed back

Kershaw threw a light between starts bullpen at Dodger Stadium on Saturday to determine if the soreness was residual from the start or not.

“For me, it’s talking to him, talking to the training staff, and making sure he feels good to make catch play [Sunday],” Roberts said. “If he feels good tomorrow, great. If he doesn’t, then we’ll just keep kicking the can down the road until he’s ready.”

Kershaw will play catch at Dodgers Stadium on Sunday and needs at least two more rehab starts before returning to the big league club. However, the Dodgers remain adamant that there won’t be a hard timeline placed on his return.

“We have time, and that’s the thing for us,” Roberts said “You have to defer to Clayton and the training staff, most importantly.”

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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.

One Comment

  1. Call me when Kersh takes the mound at Dodger Stadium. Until then none of these updates mean a damn thing.

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