Clayton Kershaw made his much-awaited rehab start on Friday with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ single-A affiliate, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Heading into the game, the Dodger ace was expected to pitch 3-5 innings and work on a 55-60 pitch count.
Kershaw wound up going five innings, allowing two hits, one of which was a home run and striking out six in the Quakes’ 6-3 loss. The left-hander hit the low 90s with his fastball and flashed a knee-buckling curve ball, showing no ill-effects from the back inflammation that landed him on the DL after his only start this season on March 22.
The next step for Kershaw will largely be dependent on how his body responds on Saturday. Manager Don Mattingly indicated ahead of Friday’s start that the lefty would complete more than one rehab assignment, however that could change given how sharp Kershaw looked.
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