Clayton Kershaw’s road to recovery has taken just over one month, complete with working through a throwing program, throwing a simulated game and two rehab assignments, the latest of which Kershaw wasn’t thrilled over having to start.
According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, a bullpen session appears to be all that stands between Kershaw and his quest to once again take the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers:
Kershaw said his bullpen session is tomorrow, indicating he starts Tuesday, not Monday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 2, 2014
News of Kershaw’s potential return came minutes before it was revealed Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder, which inevitably places more of an emphasis on Kershaw making it through the bullpen session without suffering a setback. Kershaw’s lone start this year was a 6.2-inning effort in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of the 2014 season.
The reigning Cy Young Award winner worked his pitch count up in his latest rehab start and stated after the game he’s confident in being ready to take the mound in a Major League game. The stint on the DL is the first of Kershaw’s career and wasn’t something he enjoyed, evident by his comments of feeling isolated from his teammates.
While the Dodgers have been cautious in bringing their ace along, Kershaw advanced through each step of his recovery without issue. Had the lefty had it his way, he already would have started a game for the Dodgers. Nonetheless, Kershaw is on the brink of returning at an opportune time. Should Kershaw start on Tuesday, it would be one day after Zack Greinke’s start, who has helped fill the void with a 5-0 record.
The Dodgers will need to clear a roster spot in order to reinstate Kershaw and that may result in either Jose Dominguez or Chone Figgins, both of whom were recalled on Friday, being optioned back to Triple-A.
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