Clayton Kershaw’s methodical progression back toward the majors now has what could potentially be a final step in his rehabilitation. The Dodgers left-hander will start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday.
Kershaw is expected to pitch three innings on Tuesday in the series finale against Albuquerque at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. It will be the seventh career minor league rehab start for Kershaw, and the first since a start for Double-A Tulsa on April 9, 2019.
Kershaw last pitched for the Dodgers on July 3, and has been sidelined since with inflammation in his left elbow/forearm. Briefly shut down by arm soreness during his rehab, Kershaw has been pain free of late, and threw simulated games this week of one inning on Monday at Dodger Stadium and two innings on Friday at Oracle Park.
Roberts on Friday said if all goes well in Kershaw’s rehab start, it’s likely his next game would be with the Dodgers. If that’s the case, Kershaw could potentially make four regular season starts before the postseason.
But up first is a Tuesday start in Oklahoma City.
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