Brian Wilson has been the first of the injured pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers to return to the team. The setup man was activated on Tuesday but still has yet to go into a game since his return. Chad Billingsley was diagnosed with tendonitis in his elbow on Wednesday, and Clayton Kershaw threw an encouraging bullpen session on Wednesday as well.

The 26-year-old left-hander seems to be inching closer to a return as he threw another bullpen session on Thursday morning via Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:

Despite the progress that has been made, Don Mattingly is still uncertain of when the team should expect Kershaw to return via Gurnick:

When Kershaw initially went on the disabled list with a muscle strain, fans were lead to believe that the Dodger ace would be out for a month. The NL Cy Young winner went on the disabled list on March 30, and close to twenty days later, Mattingly still does not know when the organization will have their starter back which is a little discouraging.

The Dodgers starting rotation core has managed to hold down the fort aside from a few shaky starts. Between Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren, the trio has given up 15 runs in just over 54 innings pitched and have accumulated only one loss out of their 11 total starts.

Josh Beckett is slowly trying to work his way back into the rotation although his starts have been slightly disappointing, and Paul Maholm may be better off in the bullpen but has been needed in wake of Kershaw’s absence. While the organization and fans alike do not want to bring back their ace prematurely, Kershaw’s return to the rotation bring the Dodgers starting pitching to an unstoppable level.

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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