Clayton Kershaw ended up making an Opening Day start for the Dodgers after all…the Oklahoma City Dodgers, that is. The Dodgers’ long-time ace made his first rehab start of the year in an attempt to come back from shoulder soreness that halted his Spring Training.
Clayton Kershaw's rehab start in OKC: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. 56 pitches, 39 strikes.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) April 5, 2019
Ideally, giving up a few runs to some minor league players does not happen for a big league pitcher. On the bright side though, it’s understandable. Minor league pitchers are often sitting on fastballs whenever a big name comes down to make a rehab start, and one of Milwaukee’s top prospects got the best of him.
The bright side to all of this is that we are one step closer to getting Kershaw back into the starting rotation. He struck out six and walked just two while throwing a lot of strikes. Kershaw said himself after the game that he expected to make at least one more rehab start before reevaluating his health.
When Kershaw does return to the starting rotation, one of Ross Stripling or Julio Urias will likely make the move to the bullpen. When Rich Hill returns from an injury of his own, they will both be moved. Good news for a bullpen that has struggled mightily over the first few games of the season.
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