Clayton Kershaw’s recovery from inflammation in his back is nearly complete. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Wednesday his left-handed ace is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday. It will be the first time Kershaw pitches in a game since his season debut on March 22 in Sydney, Australia. Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and followed that up with another bullpen session Tuesday. The lefty has managed to advance in his recovery without suffering any setbacks, which is encouraging.

Mattingly indicated Kershaw will complete more than one rehab assignment, but he appears to be on track to potentially join the Dodgers in the first or second week of May. Without the leader of their staff, the Dodgers are 13-9 and have gotten productive outings from the other pitchers on staff. Zack Greinke has been particularly impressive and veterans Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have each turned in solid performances.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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