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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
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Clayton Kershaw (back) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.
It'll be the first time he has faced live hitters since being shut down with the back ailment. If all goes well, he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab start. Aug 27 - 2:28 PM

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Clayton Kershaw (back) made it through Friday's bullpen session without any issues and will progress to facing live hitters next week.

It's another positive step toward a return to the Dodgers rotation this season for the star southpaw. If all goes well with his next session, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab start. Barring any setbacks, a return in early September doesn't look so outrageous any longer.
Aug 26 - 7:35 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is expected to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session Thursday or Friday.

Kershaw made it through a 50-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Los Angeles without experiencing any sort of abnormal discomfort in his back. He'll take the next few days off before trying a more intensive workout. Kershaw said Tuesday that he expects to rejoin the Dodgers after just one minor league rehab start, but it's not exactly clear when that start will happen. He's been on the disabled list since late June because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
Aug 23 - 7:29 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

"I felt good again today," he told reporters after the workout, before adding that he's not sure what the next step will be. Kershaw has two successful bullpen sessions under his belt and could be ready to face live hitters in a batting practice or simulated setting. The ace left-hander has been sidelined since late June because a herniated disc in his lower back.
Aug 23 - 6:25 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw approximately 40 pitches in another bullpen session Tuesday.

He got through a 22-pitch bullpen session Saturday with no issues in what was his first time throwing off a mound since going down with a herniated disc in his lower back nearly two months ago. It's unclear what the next step is after Tuesday's 'pen session, but Kershaw might be ready to face hitters after that.
Aug 21 - 11:39 AM

Clayton Kershaw (back) said he felt "100 percent" during Saturday's bullpen session.

Kershaw has missed almost two months with a herniated disc in his lower back but has begun to make big strides in his progress. With the way he's progressing, it would be an upset if he isn't back in the Dodgers' rotation early next month. The Dodgers could sure use him with Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow) and Brandon McCarthy (hip) on the shelf.
Aug 20 - 5:08 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) said Friday that the Dodgers have a "good plan" in place that has him returning before the end of the regular season.

Kershaw declined to reveal any particulars of the plan. He's throwing a bullpen session Saturday after getting through a handful of flat ground sessions with no issues. Obviously, he still has some hurdles to clear before he rejoins the Dodgers' rotation.
Aug 19 - 4:35 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw on flat ground Friday before completing a bullpen session on Saturday.

Kershaw accompanied the Dodgers to Cincinnati and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery from a herniated disc. It won't be long until Kershaw starts facing live hitters. If he doesn't hit any snags, the three-time Cy Young winner could be back in the Dodgers' rotation early next month.
Aug 18 - 6:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw on flat ground for a third straight day Sunday.

Kershaw resumed playing catch a week ago and it's gone off without a hitch. It will obviously be a much bigger test when he's throwing off a mound, but this progress is certainly welcomed news. It's unclear when he'll be allowed to test things out from the bump.
Aug 14 - 2:28 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) threw on Sunday for the first time since being shut down on July 16.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wouldn't get into specifics about the throwing session, but was encouraged that it was a positive step toward a return this season. He's still a long ways away from a potential return, but it sounds as though the Dodgers are counting on him contributing on September.
Aug 7 - 6:17 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Clayton Kershaw (back) hasn't picked up a baseball or done any baseball activities since he suffered his latest setback.

That certainly doesn't sound encouraging. Roberts added that he remains optimistic that Kershaw will be able to return in September, but it's looking like a very real possibility that the All-Star southpaw could be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Aug 5 - 7:27 PM

Dodgers transferred LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Due to a herniated disc in his lower back, Kershaw has not pitched since the end of June. He has yet to begin a throwing program and with this shift from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, the ace southpaw will not be eligible to return until August 27. He was posting Cy Young-caliber numbers before being waylaid by the killer back blow.
Aug 3 - 6:27 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) has not been cleared for throwing.

Kershaw had a checkup with Dr. Robert Watkins last week but was apparently told to remain idle as he attempts to rehab a disc herniation in his lower back. There is no timetable for the ace left-hander's return to the Dodgers' rotation and it is possible he will wind up needing season-ending surgery.
Jul 26 - 7:26 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed hope that Clayton Kershaw (back) will not need surgery.

Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw's recent setback during a simulated game -- the ace was shut down indefinitely after feeling discomfort on Tuesday -- has increased the chance that he might have to undergo season-ending surgery. But nothing has been decided yet. He was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation in his lower back near the end of June and didn't feel right after a simulated game this past weekend. Fantasy owners who were riding Kershaw's brilliant 2016 campaign toward potential championships will just have to cross their fingers.
Jul 20 - 6:03 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw (back) "didn't feel great" after throwing a simulated game this weekend and has been shut down indefinitely.

Asked about a possible return timetable, Roberts replied: "Uncertain." Kershaw had been aiming to return to the Dodgers' rotation later this week, but he's been battling lingering discomfort since throwing 60 pitches in a simulated setting on Saturday. Julio Urias will be called up from the Triple-A Oklahoma City bullpen to make a spot start Thursday versus the Nationals.
Jul 19 - 5:33 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Carlos Ruiz
3Shawn Zarraga
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Chase Utley
2Howie Kendrick
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Rob Segedin
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Toles
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Kenta Maeda
3Rich Hill
4Scott Kazmir
5Hyun-Jin Ryu
6Julio Urias
7Brandon McCarthy
8Bud Norris
9Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Joe Blanton
7Jesse Chavez
8Louis Coleman
9Adam Liberatore
10Grant Dayton
11Alex Wood
12Josh Ravin
13Chin-Hui Tsao