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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Kershaw hinted at possibly rejoining the Dodgers' rotation this weekend after completing a simulated game on Monday, but the Dodgers don't want to rush his return. Instead, he'll throw four innings in Triple-A on Saturday, setting up his activation for a probable return next Thursday against the Cubs. Kershaw has made just one start dating back to May 1, but the Dodgers have done a great job holding down the fort. Jun 19 - 11:20 AM

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Clayton Kershaw (back) said after getting through a three-inning simulated game Monday that he expects to pitch in a game in five days.

Kershaw wouldn't say if that game would be a start in New York against the Mets, but he didn't seem to rule it out, either. The veteran left-hander has made just one start for the Dodgers since May 1, but he has rejoined their rotation without a rehab start before in the past. We'll know more about his status in the coming days.
Jun 18 - 4:59 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw three innings Monday in a simulated game.

Kershaw faced a small group of teammates, including the likes of Cody Bellinger and Chase Utley. Assuming no issues with the back, the southpaw will throw another bullpen session before beginning a possible rehab assignment late this week or early next week. Kershaw has made just one start for the Dodgers since May 1, but they have still managed to bounce back nicely in the standings.
Jun 18 - 4:01 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw a simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday.

After the sim game, Kershaw will throw another bullpen session -- he's thrown two already, the most recent, on Friday, consisting of 55 pitches -- before heading out for a rehab start late this week or early next week. Assuming all that goes well, he should be ready to return, the Dodgers hope. That puts him in line for a late June or early July activation, which is right around the timetable anticipated for his return. He's been out since June 2 with a lower back strain. Kershaw has made just eight starts this year due to injury.
Jun 16 - 5:31 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw 55 pitches in another successful bullpen session on Friday.

The session included a simulated inning break. The next step will be for him to face live hitters, either in a simulated game or on a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, it appears that Kershaw remains on track for a return in early July.
Jun 15 - 7:15 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

Kershaw felt no discomfort in his back and will now advance to a simulated game, with a minor league rehab appearance likely to follow. It sounds like the ace left-hander could return to the Dodgers' starting rotation around early July. He has registered a 2.76 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 53/11 K/BB ratio in 49 innings (eight starts) this season.
Jun 12 - 7:28 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) played catch from about 60 feet Sunday.

Kershaw was throwing with "good intensity," according to SportsNet LA's Alanna Rizzo. The veteran left-hander is expected to be sidelined until around July 1 with a lower back strain, but the fact that he's already letting it go in flat-ground sessions is a good sign.
Jun 10 - 1:45 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) has resumed playing catch.

It's a good sign but likely won't change Kershaw's timetable. The left-hander is expected to miss the next month while recovering from a lower back strain. This is the third time in as many years that a back injury has landed Kershaw on the disabled list.
Jun 7 - 11:12 AM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts announced Friday that Clayton Kershaw will miss at least a month with his lower back strain.

The good news, is that his MRI revealed no structural damage to the discs in Kershaw's back. This puts fantasy owners in a frustrating spot, as you obviously can't cut bait with him yet in redraft leagues, but he can cause headaches in formats where there are no disabled list spots available. The best case scenario looks to be a return right around the All-Star break and a dominant second half of the season.
Jun 1 - 7:25 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

The severity of the injury remains unclear, but it's a devastating blow to fantasy owners who had finally gotten the star left-hander back this week. Brock Stewart was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
Jun 1 - 6:30 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is headed to the disabled list.

The results of Kershaw's MRI haven't been revealed yet, but he isn't listed on the Dodgers' lineup card Friday. He has a history of back issues, of course, having missed 10 weeks with a herniated disc in 2016 and six weeks in 2017 with a lower back strain. For what it's worth, Kershaw said after Thursday's start in which he injured his back that it felt more like last season's injury. The Dodgers should have more on his condition soon. Brock Stewart is replacing him on the roster.
Jun 1 - 5:31 PM

Clayton Kershaw said his back "tightened up" during Thursday's start against the Phillies.

That might explain why Kershaw's velocity was noticeably down on Thursday. The left-hander just came off the disabled list after a month-long bout with biceps tendinitis and could be headed right back. Back issues have hampered Kershaw in the past including last season when he spent about six weeks on the DL. Losing Kershaw again would be a huge blow to fantasy owners.
May 31 - 10:33 PM

Clayton Kershaw (biceps) surrendered one run on four hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies.

This was just Kershaw's second start of the month and his first since May 1. A bout of left biceps tendinitis had the ace southpaw sidelined for the past few weeks. In his return to the mound, he struck out five and walked one while throwing 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes. Of note, Kershaw's velocity was noticeably down during the contest. Per ESPN Stats & Info, all 20 of the four-seam fastballs Kershaw threw clocked in under 90 mph. His velocity figures to come back as he knocks off the layoff rust and you can expect the Dodgers to stretch him out further when he next takes the mound, against the Pirates in a road showdown. Kershaw will carry a 2.76 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 53/11 K/BB ratio (49 innings) into that contest.
May 31 - 10:21 PM

Dodgers activated LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 10-day disabled list.

The three-time Cy Young winner missed most of May with left biceps tendinitis. He'll make his return Thursday in the Dodgers' series finale with Philadelphia. The Dodgers cleared a roster spot for Kershaw by demoting switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
May 31 - 4:52 PM

Dodgers' president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman confirmed Sunday that Clayton Kershaw (biceps) will indeed return to the rotation on Thursday against the Phillies.

Dodgers' skipper Dave Roberts had speculated earlier in the day that Kershaw was a viable option to make that start, but it's now official. The star southpaw has been sidelined since early May due to tendinitis in his left biceps.
May 27 - 4:29 PM

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C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
1B1Cody Bellinger
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Chris Taylor
2Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Max Muncy
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Alex Wood
3Rich Hill
4Kenta Maeda
5Hyun-Jin Ryu
6Walker Buehler
7Ross Stripling
8Julio Urias
9Caleb Ferguson
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Josh Fields
4Tony Cingrani
5Scott Alexander
6Tom Koehler
7Daniel Hudson
8Yimi Garcia
9Erik Goeddel
10Edward Paredes
11Adam Liberatore
12Daniel Corcino