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Dodgers notes: Clayton Kershaw plays catch, Julio Urias starts Monday

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Clayton Kershaw last started on June 26.
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, the first time he has thrown a baseball since suffering a setback in his simulated game on July 16.

Kershaw is on the 60-day disabled list, and the earliest he can be activated from the DL is Aug. 27. It is unknown what Kershaw’s exact timetable is, but this is at least a step in the right direction toward a regular season return.

While Kershaw won’t start anytime soon for the Dodgers, they will have Julio Urias start on Monday night against the Phillies, a selection that was pretty obvious once Jose De Leon made his scheduled start on Saturday night for Oklahoma City. There simply aren’t many healthy options at this point.

Urias pitched three innings of relief on Wednesday at Coors Field, putting him on regular rest for the series opener against Philadelphia. Monday will be the final start for Urias as a teenager. He turns 20 on Friday.

One who hopes to be healthy soon is Rich Hill, who was slated for Sunday until suffering another blister in a different part of his left hand. But that blister is much smaller and the left-hander is expected to start Friday against the Pirates, per manager Dave Roberts.

Yimi Garcia, who has been out since April with a right biceps strain, got some bad news. He started a rehab assignment and pitched six minor league rehab games, the last for Double-A Tulsa on July 29, but suffered a setback, and likely won’t pitch again for the Dodgers this season.