Kershaw ready to return to Dodgers’ rotation

Field Level Media

April 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw came out of Tuesday’s rehab start healthy and his next appearance will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.

Kershaw will start either Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers or on Monday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers ace, working his way back after dealing with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, threw six innings on Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa. He gave up five hits and two runs — both on home runs — in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

His first rehab start came with Triple-A Oklahoma City, when he tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, including a home run, with two walks and six strike outs.

Kershaw, who had made a franchise-record eight consecutive Opening Day starts, has a career record of 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA. The 31-year-old has won three National League Cy Young Awards.

A decision on which day Kershaw will make his season debut could be influenced by what happens with the Dodgers’ staff before Sunday. Roberts told reporters Wednesday he was unsure who would start Saturday in place of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who went on the injured list this week due to a left groin strain.