Great news for Dodgers fans today. The team announced that when the team expands their roster from 26 to 28 on Sept. 1, Clayton Kershaw will not undertake minor league rehab assignments to pave the way for Kershaw’s return.
Kershaw, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 4, luckily an MRI found no structural damage, is estimated to miss about a month with a lower back injury.
Dustin May’s return is a sight to behold as he dominates the Marlins, but bringing Kershaw back to the lineup is a relief for fans as they are entering playoffs.
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Dave Roberts will likely be patient with Kershaw, and the team is in Major League Baseball, but Kershaw appears to be taking steps in the right direction (quoted via JP Hoornstra, OC Register).
“Kershaw will throw the bullpen in the next few days, followed by a 3 or 4 with teammates at Do Inning mock game at Del Stadium. If all goes well, this will be how far Kershaw has recovered from his recent lower back injury.”
The return of the All-Star pitcher will undoubtedly provide a brighter spark to the Dodgers’ already strong pitching rotation. Before the injury, Kershaw allowed only a 2.64 ERA to light up opponents with 88 strikeouts. (