Just a few hours after reporting on Clayton Kershaw’s second rehab outing, we now know when his next start will be. The Dodgers will have Kershaw start either on Sunday or Monday, though a decision still has not been made on that.
Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw came out of his rehab start last night healthy. His next outing will be at Dodger Stadium Sunday or Monday.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) April 10, 2019
One of the biggest factors in deciding when Kershaw will start is figuring out who will be pitching Saturday. Hyun-jin Ryu’s spot in the rotation has yet to officially be filled, so someone will have to spot start in his place on Saturday. Kershaw pitched yesterday, so it is reasonable for the Dodgers to wait until Sunday or Monday. Kershaw will likely only be able to go five innings at most, so the team needs to make sure they have the depth to make it through the weekend. The Dodgers play Milwaukee this weekend before welcoming Cincinnati into town.
Kershaw’s two rehab starts were a bit of a roller coaster when looking at the bottom line. He gave up three homeruns and allowed a total of 4 earned runs across 10.1 innings of work. He struck out six batters in each start and walked a total of two. It would appear that Kershaw’s focus was more on throwing strikes and hitting his spots rather than throwing hard, as his velocity sat pretty consistently around 88-90 mph in both starts.
Giving up three homeruns in two starts to minor leaguers isn’t ideal, but the fact that he was able to get back out there seemingly without pain is encouraging. With Ryu and Hill now both out, Kershaw’s presence in the rotation will no doubt bring some level of steadiness to a pitching staff that has seen plenty of action.DODGERS: KERSHAW HIT HARD AGAIN IN HIS SECOND REHAB START