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The Dodgers Will Start Kershaw On Sunday or Monday

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Wow, wonder if Kerch is thinking, here we go again, lack of run support. Dodgers usually win games like the last 2 because they score enough runs to win. But what happened? Yeah, i say the same thing, you can’t win all the games.

    • We need better situational hitting. If we don’t hit the long ball; have to move guys over. We had 13 base runners last night. Should have been able to score 5 runs with productive outs. Still early, still in first, though.

      • They were doing that before this series. They were hitting homers and getting productive outs and clutch base hits for some reason it stopped. Didn’t help that Kelly once again lost a game could’ve at least won the first game

  2. Considering that Kersh’s tune-up starts were mediocre at best, I would not get my expectations up to high when he faces Puig and the Reds. Just sayin””’ Go Blue!!!

  3. Why bother to say anything any more on this or any of the Dodgers Nation sites? You don’t answer valid questions and the Dodger haters keep on bad-mouthing the team.

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