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Dodgers News: A.J. Ellis Believes Clayton Kershaw Is Ready For Return

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are two days away from seeing the ace of their pitching staff back on the mound. After being placed on the disabled list, Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.

On the DL for the first time in his career, Kershaw’s rehab was an arduous process for the lefty, who believed he was ready after completing his first rehab start with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The Dodgers had different thoughts and the reigning Cy Young Award winner was instructed to complete another rehab assignment.

Following a bullpen session Friday, the two sides are now in agreement on a return date. According to Ken Gurnick of, A.J. Ellis, who is also recovering from an injury, believes Kershaw has the comfort of knowing he’s healthy:

I think he has peace of mind that he’s healthy.”

Ellis further went on to compliment Kershaw’s bullpen session on Friday and acknowledged that he too believed Kershaw was ready to return a few weeks back:

That was his sharpest bullpen session of the year,” Ellis said. “He was locked in. He seems ready to me. But I thought that two weeks ago when I caught him in the simulated game.”

As it turns out, Kershaw’s pending reinstatement from the DL comes at an opportune time as Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the DL with inflammation in his shoulder. The Dodgers initially expressed little concern over Ryu’s injury, but with news that he flew to Los Angeles in order to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, that could change.

There shouldn’t be any limitations placed on Kershaw in his Tuesday start as he was able to progress through his rehab without suffering any setbacks. As for Ellis, he was running from first to third base ahead of Sunday’s game as he works to return from surgery on his meniscus.
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