Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Nearing Return, Tosses Simulated Game

Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game to Dodger hitters, including Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson.

Kershaw appears to be being built up fairly quickly and could be back healthy in the Dodgers’ rotation by the end of April if all goes well. 50 pitches and more on the side is a very strong foundation.

The Dodgers starting rotation is deep enough to withstand an extended absence from Clayton Kershaw and has proven such in past seasons. However, Kersh remains one of the best pitchers in the league and his return to the club will be an obvious welcome. When he enters the rotation, the club should shape their rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda, and Julio Urias in tow. Ross Stripling, a current member of the rotation could quite possibly be phased out of that role as well as Urias upon the return of Rich Hill.

Those are seven viable big-league starters. Let’s do this.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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