Clayton Kershaw Nearing Return to First Place Dodgers

By Matthew Mendoza
Aug. 27, 2017

Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the Dodgers after he suffered a lower back strain during his last start on July 24, Saturday night he made a rehab start in Triple-A Oklahoma City, he allowed one run and two hits over five innings while striking out 8.

"It was fun to pitch again. It had been a long time," said Kershaw "Everything felt healthy and good to go, so I'm ready for the next one."

Kershaw threw 64 pitches, 43 of which were strikes. "Command was OK. Didn't walk anybody tonight. Got behind a few hitters, but for the most part, I thought everything went all right." said Kershaw.

Following the , Dodger manager Dave Roberts was asked about the news of Kershaw's rehab start, "That was good, it was a good night." Roberts said, "Obviously, you wanna win every game, but to hear him complete five innings, the velocity, his pitch mix was good. Execution good. I think that's very exciting for all of us."

Kershaw is expected to start for the Dodgers in the upcoming series against the San Diego Padres.