The Los Angeles Dodgers are on the verge of greatness once their relief pitching regroups, but most importantly, once Clayton Kershaw returns to the starting rotation. The left-hander warmed up regularly with the team before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies and seems to be on the right track in his recovery.
When asked about when the organization can expect Kershaw back, Dodger manager Don Mattingly stated that he his ace could be back in a few weeks granted his rehab goes smoothly in an interview with Jim Rome via CBSSports.com:
“Well he’s gonna have to go out and make a few rehab starts, […] so we’re still a few weeks away if everything will go perfect.”
In the interview, Mattingly also added his outlook on Josh Beckett’s return. The Dodger manager understands that Beckett will most likely not return as the player he was a few years ago, but he is impressed with the way the 33-year-old right-hander has worked to remained effective and believes Beckett’s stuff is still good enough to rake in wins for the team.
Mattingly also commented on managing Yasiel Puig, saying that coaching him is not always easy with his high energy and constant pursuit of making the big play. However, Mattingly did acknowledge that the fire stems from Puig’s raw talent and emotion and added he is impressed with the way Puig is playing in right field this season. Mattingly further went on to state although he worries about his players, he feels better about the Puig situation with security on his side.
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