Right now, the Dodgers are mending fences and healing up their starting pitching staff. While Rich Hill continues to recover from a balky knee, the biggest name on the shelf is Clayton Kershaw. On Monday, a rather big Kershaw update came to us all. Furthermore it was a positive one.
Let’s see what Ken Gurnick and Pedro Moura dropped on twitter in regards to Kershaw.
Clayton Kershaw is throwing a bullpen session in preparation for his minor league rehab start on Thursday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 1, 2019
Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start Thursday for Class AAA Oklahoma City, Dave Roberts said.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) April 1, 2019
Indeed, Kershaw will be in game action when he starts Thursday’s contest at AAA Oklahoma City. Moreover, Dave Roberts said the organization will be watching more than Kershaw’s stat line.
“It’s just seeing how he responds,” Roberts said. “As far as you’re looking at the wincing and making sure he feels healthy number one and most importantly.”
Without question – no matter how Kershaw performs – the biggest takeaway from the outing will be seeing how Kershaw feels when it wraps up.
Then, it would be reasonable to expect possibly another tune-up outing before being put on a plane to Los Angeles. That would work for a smooth transition to be dropped into the Dodgers’ starting rotation that right now features a few interchangeable pieces in Ross Stripling and Julio Urias.
Kershaw added that he’s looking to get some work in.
“I think you definitely get your work in,” Kershaw, 31, said. “You throw your pitches. You get up and down, which is the most important thing. As far as like intensity or adrenaline that you might have, there’s always probably a tick more when you’re doing a spring training game against another team with fans in the stands and things like that. So a minor league rehab game will mimic that a little bit.”
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and our eyes towards Thursday’s outing at Oklahoma City.
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