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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw’s Next Step, Joc Pederson Rehab Assignment and More

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers received good news Thursday regarding key players returning back from injury. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw played catch at Dodger Stadium on Thursday as he continues to rehab from a back injury.

Fans are hoping Kershaw will return after the Dodgers road trip. However, it’s unclear if Kershaw will travel with the team to Arizona, Washington or St. Louis.

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Kershaw had a bullpen session on Wednesday where he through “upwards of 60 pitches”, according to manager Dave Roberts. Kershaw has an idea of when his return date will be, but is hesitant to reveal it. However, the Dodgers are encouraged by his progress.

Teammate Brett Anderson will follow Kershaw’s lead as he continues to work his way back to the rotation. Alex Wood (elbow) also continues to make progress.

As for Joc Pederson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, he is headed to Oklahoma City to join the OKC Dodgers.

Pederson could join the team on the road prior to the Washington and St. Louis series.

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In other injury updates, Andre Ethier has an August 2nd return date set, and underwent another bone scan in order to determine the next steps. It’s unclear when he will continue baseball activities.

As for pitcher Yimi Garcia, according to Roberts he won’t need as long of a rehab assignment.

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The Dodgers hope to get key players back from injury as they begin the second half of the MLB season. The Boys in Blue look to make headway in the NL West as they find themselves 6.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers will head to Arizona for a 3-game series on Friday vs. the Diamondbacks, while the Giants will begin a 3-game series vs. the San Diego Padres.

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