Following his return to the mound in a rehab start with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday, Clayton Kershaw expressed his desire that the next time he started another game, it be with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The idea that Kershaw would be one and done with rehab assignments isn’t something that sat well with Dodgers training staff, whom Don Mattingly said he would defer to for the decision.

Mattingly said Saturday Kershaw would throw a bullpen session on Monday, and a decision as to what the next step was would follow. With the Dodgers completing a seven-game homestand on Sunday, Kershaw’s bullpen was pushed up one day, as Monday is a travel day.

After another loss to the Colorado Rockies, Mattingly revealed the reigning Cy Young Award winner would make another rehab start, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez:

According to Hernandez, Kershaw’s next start may come with the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate:

Kershaw threw five innings with the Quakes, striking out six and allowing one run on a solo homer. On Saturday, Kershaw reported feeling as though he hadn’t pitched the night before. According to the stadium’s radar gun, Kershaw’s fastball was hitting the low 90s and he also got his devastating curve ball over for a called strike three.

While Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports Kershaw is upset with the decision, it isn’t much of a surprise considering Mattingly indicated prior to Friday that multiple starts may be in order. The Dodgers have carefully managed Kershaw’s recovery and despite their frustrating start to the season, are not interested in rushing back their ace of the pitching staff.
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