The Los Angeles Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw out for one more rehab assignment before returning to the Dodgers roster. Kershaw did not hide his displeasure with the move on Sunday.
“Not really,” Kershaw said when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers’ decision. “I did the best I could, but I’m not going to fight the team if everybody doesn’t want me to do something. It’s what they want me to do.”
Kershaw has been lobbying to come off of the Dodgers disabled list for a little while now; however, the team has decided that it’s ace needs one more rehab start before he can return to the team. The Dodgers are being especially careful with their star because he’s never been sidelined in his career before and they know they’re going to need him in October. Also, they would presumably like to make sure their $215M investment is one-hundred percent before returning to the mound.
According to the Dodgers, they would like Kershaw to up his pitch count to around 80 in this rehab start after throwing 50+ pitches in his first rehab start. When he comes back to the Dodgers he will likely be on a pitch count limit of 90-100.
Kershaw will now head to Class AA Chattanooga for a start on Wednesday. Kershaw was originally placed on the DL after his Opening Night start in Australia due to inflammation in his upper back . If all goes well look for Kershaw to be pitching for the Dodgers next week.