Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw will be making his final step before making his way back to the mound at Dodger Stadium.
On Saturday, August 26, Clayton Kershaw will be taking the mound for the Oklahoma City Dodgers as they take on the Omaha Storm Chasers, in Oklahoma City. Dave Roberts announced this to the media, reported by Andy McCullough of the LA Times.
Dave Roberts said Kershaw will start for OKC on Saturday.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 21, 2017
On Monday, Clayton Kershaw pitched a four-inning simulated game against Chase Utley, Kiké Hernandez and Turner Ward. He felt extremely healthy coming out of it and told the media that he has been healthy enough to do it for ten days. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported that Kershaw will be throwing approximately 60 pitches for Oklahoma City. He had thrown 55 in his four inning simulated game.
#Dodgers Rick Honeycutt said Clayton Kershaw will make rehab start Saturday. Approx 60 pitches. Threw 55 in 4 sim IP today.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 21, 2017
Heading straight to Triple-A is most likely a sign that Clayton Kershaw will be headed straight for the big league club after his start, as long as he feels healthy after his ~60 pitches.
Clayton Kershaw last took the mound on July 23rd against the Atlanta Braves where he was only able to throw two scoreless innings before being removed due to a back injury. This was the second year in a row Kershaw has been sidelined with a back injury, though this year’s injury is not the same issue as 2016.
Kershaw was putting up his usual elite stats before he went down. He currently sports a 2.04 earned run average and a 15-2 record over the course of 141.1 innings pitched. He also has 168 strikeouts and should be able to surpass 200 for the seventh time in his career.
We could be just a week away from seeing Clayton Kershaw take the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.