The Dodgers could really use some health in their starting rotation. With the struggles of Walker Buehler and the constant need for spot starters, getting guys like Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw back will be incredibly helpful.
Kersh has been sidelined since he went 7 strong innings against the Cubs in early May. His back issue flared up and become too painful for him to continue throwing. It got so bad that the Dodgers sent him back home to Texas while they went out on their road trip.
But there is some good news coming out of today. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said before the game on Tuesday that Kershaw is progressing, and that a rehab start could happen as soon as this weekend.
“Clayton feels good, he’s going to throw a bullpen tomorrow. I think he is scheduled to go out on Saturday on rehab, and it will be kind of a 3 or 4 inning situation. If it’s possible, he’ll go into the pen and throw another inning. So if all goes well, I could see him making that start and then 6 days after that be back with us.”
Getting Kersh back within a week from Saturday would be huge for the Dodgers. He made just 5 starts before going down with the back issue, but he was incredibly effective early on. It really started to look like vintage Kershaw stuff.
Obviously, they don’t want to push Kersh anymore than they need to. While the Dodgers could certainly use him back in the rotation, they won’t do it at the risk of hurting him even more. So the fact that they are ready to send him out on rehab is huge and should mean that he’s feeling much better.