Clayton Kershaw lobbying to rejoin Dodgers rotation

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw felt good one day after his five-inning, 56-pitch minor league rehab start with Class-A Rancho Cuamonga, and the pitcher wants his next start to come in a Dodgers uniform.

The left-hander will throw a bullpen session on Monday, but the location of his next start is still in question. The medical staff and manager Don Mattingly want Kershaw to make one more rehab start, but he thinks he's ready after just one.

"He feels good today. He said he felt like he knew he could pitch," Mattingly said. "I'm not sure Kersh buys into [a second rehab start]. There's been a small debate going on. I don't want him being part of the debate."

Kershaw last started for the Dodgers on Opening Day in Australia, allowing one run in 6⅔ innings in a win over the Diamondbacks. If Kershaw isn't slotted into the rotation the next time out, the Dodgers will start Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett in the three games in Minnesota, using Monday's off day as a day of extra rest for the staff.

The Dodgers head to Miami after Minnesota, so a relatively close option for Kershaw if he makes another minor league start is Double-A Chattanooga, home next Wednesday and Thursday. Triple-A Albuquerque is also home those days, while Class-A Rancho Cucamonga is in San Bernardino.

But Mattingly was not ready to confirm where Kershaw would next take the mound.

"We'll see where we go," Mattingly said. "We'll get this bullpen, and go from there."

Notes

  • For the first time all season, Juan Uribe is not in the starting lineup, getting a day of rest. He started each of the first 24 games, and played all but four innings in third base. Justin Turner starts at third in his place.
  • A.J. Ellis ran on the field on Saturday, the first time he has done so since his left knee surgery on April 8. Ellis has been a regular participant in batting practice for a week and has even caught bullpen sessions. "Running is the last hurdle for him to clear," said Mattingly.
  • Adrian Gonzalez leads the National League with 56 total bases, and per Stats LLC is one of three NL players to lead their team in home runs (seven), RBI (20) and runs scored (17), joining Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins.
  • The movie 'Field of Dreams' will be shown on the video boards at Dodger Stadium after tonight's game.
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