Here’s your daily Clayton Kershaw update with what you pretty much already knew, except it’s officially confirmed by manager Dave Roberts.
Last night, Kershaw threw a rehab start for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He went 4 1⁄3 innings, struck out six and allowed two runs. Currently, he’s with LA in Denver for their series against the Rockies.
Don’t go getting ahead of yourself, he won’t be pitching in the series.
Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw will throw a bullpen tomorrow. Still leaning toward a second rehab start before rejoining rotation.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 5, 2019
Kershaw said last night that he doesn’t want to come back early and force his bullpen to eat innings, so a second rehab start is likely.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw sat 88-91 mph with his fastball last night — “a tick up” from where he was in bullpen sessions and sim games this spring— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 5, 2019
Rich Hill update
Lost in all the Kershaw news, Hill plans on throwing a bullpen session as well tomorrow. The next step is unclear, and Roberts hasn’t talked about whether or not Hill will make a rehab start, or what we can expect from him moving forward.
- For the fourth consecutive game, Joc Pederson isn’t in the starting lineup. For the fourth consecutive game, the Dodgers are facing a left-handed pitcher. Roberts announced that Pederson will be in the starting lineup on both Saturday and Sunday. Pederson got off to a hot start on the year, going 7-for-17 with three homers, but hasn’t been in the lineup since last Sunday. For his career, Pederson has a .181 average against lefties.