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Clayton Kershaw to make minor league rehab start Saturday

Yu Darvish slated to start for Dodgers on Sunday

MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw moved another step closer to returning to the team on Monday, throwing a four-inning simulated game before the club’s four-game series against the Pirates begins at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Up next for Kershaw is a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. From the beat reporters in Pittsburgh:

A Saturday rehab start for Kershaw could line him up to return to the Dodgers on their next road trip, either against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix or versus the Padres in San Diego. That would give him ample time to make either five or six regular season starts if needed, to tune up for the postseason.

Kershaw last pitched on July 23.

Darvish back this weekend

Yu Darvish followed Kershaw with a bullpen session of his own, two days after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness.

Darvish last pitched on Wednesday against the White Sox. His first day eligible to return is Sunday, which is when he is scheduled to start against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium.