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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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The Dodgers are planning on having Clayton Kershaw (back) make a rehab start on Saturday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Kershaw used all of his pitches in today's simulated game, indicating that he could be ready to start in the majors this weekend. The Dodgers, though, have no reason to take any chances with him, and pitching him in a minor league game in which he won't have to hit and might not be as tempted to try any challenging plays on defense seems like the smart play. He'll throw 60 pitches Saturday and then perhaps start for the Dodgers on September 1. Aug 21 - 3:55 PM

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Clayton Kershaw's three-inning simulated game Monday turned into a four-inning performance.

No quotes from Kershaw or the Dodgers yet, but it had to have gone well for Kershaw to get in the extra inning. Speculation had Kershaw returning from a back strain on September 1, but now there's the chance he could be activated this weekend.
Aug 21 - 3:10 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) could potentially rejoin the Dodgers' rotation on September 1.

The way things are lined up, the earlier Kershaw might make it back is August 31, but the club waiting another day when rosters expand is more likely. Kershaw will throw a three-inning simulated game Monday and begin a rehab assignment next weekend. It sounds like it may be the only rehab start he needs before rejoining the rotation, assuming all goes well. Kershaw has been out for the last four weeks with a lower back strain.
Aug 20 - 12:40 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is on track to begin a rehab assignment next weekend with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.

That's assuming he gets through a simulated game -- which will take place Monday -- with no issues. Kershaw tossed a simulated game last Wednesday with no problems. It's unclear at this point how many rehab starts the left-hander will require. Kershaw has been out for the last four weeks with a lower back strain.
Aug 20 - 11:17 AM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw his next simulated game on Tuesday or Wednesday.

It had been slated for Monday, but his schedule has been altered slightly. Kershaw will be cleared for a rehab assignment if the next simulated game goes well, although it's unclear how many rehab starts he'll need.
Aug 18 - 5:33 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will pitch another simulated game on Monday.

He'll pitch a three-inning simulated game with around 45 pitches. Kershaw was hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment but Triple-A Oklahoma City is away at Colorado Springs on Monday while High-A Rancho Cucamonga has the night off. The left-hander looked sharp during Wednesday's simulated game, facing Rob Segedin, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley. A late-August/early-September return seems realistic for the league's best pitcher.
Aug 16 - 8:27 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw made it through his second bullpen session Sunday without issue and is ready for the next step in his rehabilitation from a lower back strain. The ace left-hander is on track to return to the Los Angeles rotation before the end of August. He's been out since July 24.
Aug 13 - 2:19 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

The Dodgers are making sure to take things cautiously as they ease their star left-hander back into action. He has been on the shelf since July 24 due to a lower back strain. He'll throw another bullpen on Sunday and could be cleared for a minor league rehab start if all goes well.
Aug 11 - 7:07 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Kershaw put in a flat-ground throwing workout on Tuesday, playing long toss and throwing all his pitches in the outfield from both stretch and windup. He has been sidelined since July 24 due to a lower back strain. Assuming his Friday bullpen session goes off without a hitch he would then likely set out on a minor league rehab assignment. He could potentially rejoin the rotation before the end of August.
Aug 9 - 7:48 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) went through a full flat-ground throwing workout on Tuesday.

Kershaw played long toss and then threw all of his pitches in the outfield at Chase Field, from both the windup and stretch. "I feel healthy," the ace left-hander told reporters later. "I don't feel I've lost much." Kershaw, out since July 24 with a lower back strain, could be ready to return to the Dodgers' rotation before the end of August. He said he plans to throw a bullpen session this weekend and make one minor league rehab start.
Aug 8 - 7:15 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that Clayton Kershaw (back) is pushing to throw off a mound, but "we’re trying to temper that."

It's not a surprise that the team's training staff if pumping the brakes, but the fact that Kershaw thinks he's already feeling well enough for mound work is certainly encouraging. Roberts says he's not sure when his ace will be cleared to throw off the bump, but it doesn't sound like it will be too far away.
Aug 4 - 1:02 PM

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

Kershaw suffered the injury during Sunday's start against the Braves. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that the initial prognosis has Kershaw missing 4-6 weeks, but more will be known after he's examined by Dr. Robert Watkins. Manager Dave Roberts said Monday that it's "not a disc issue" with Kershaw this time like he had last season, which cost him a couple months.
Jul 24 - 7:11 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the initial prognosis suggests that Clayton Kershaw (back) will miss 4-6 weeks.

We'll have a better idea about the official timetable after Kershaw sees Dr. Robert Watkins, but this would place his return somewhere around the start of September. On the bright side, it doesn't appear to be as serious as the back injury he dealt with last year. The Dodgers are cruising in the NL West and should be fine, but it's a tough blow for fantasy owners.
Jul 24 - 1:21 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Sunday's game that Clayton Kershaw would be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Roberts was quick to point out that he didn't feel this injury was similar to the herniated disc issue that cost Kershaw two months during the 2016 season. It does look like it'll sideline him for a couple of weeks however. No timetable will be placed on his potential return until he meets with team doctors on Monday.
Jul 23 - 8:46 PM

Clayton Kershaw was removed from Sunday's start against the Braves after two innings due to tightness in his lower back.

Kershaw has a history of back issues, so this is troubling news. The severity of the injury, and ultimately how much time he may miss, both remain unclear at the moment. Prior to departing Kershaw allowed just one walk while striking out two over his two scoreless innings of work. He owns a sparkling 2.04 ERA and 0.88 WHIP this season.
Jul 23 - 5:24 PM

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