Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw’s possible return date, revealed
The Los Angeles Dodgers are slumping right now but it looks like they could be getting a key figure back in their rotation soon enough. Clayton Kershaw is set to make a rehab start on Tuesday and if all goes to plan, he’ll be in line to pitch next Sunday against their NL West rivals, via Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times:
If #Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw comes out of tomorrow night's three-inning, rehab start for OKC OK, MGR Dave Roberts said he will be plugged back into the rotation for next turn. That would line him up for Sunday vs. #Padres.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) September 6, 2021
This is definitely promising news for the Dodgers, who just dropped two of three to the San Francisco Giants as they overtook the divisional lead. Kershaw hasn’t taken the mound since July 3rd due to left forearm inflammation. He also pitched to hitters over the weekend in San Fran in a simulated game and experienced no issues with the injury.
There couldn’t be a better time to get the three-time Cy Young winner back in the rotation, either. The NL West is an absolute dogfight right now and the Dodgers need all the help they can get in order to compete for a division crown.
In 18 starts this season, Kershaw has a 9-7 record and 3.39 ERA. He’s also struck out 127 in 106.1 innings while surrendering only 19 free passes. If he does ultimately pitch on Sunday, it will be at Dodger Stadium in front of the LA faithful.