60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 day ago

Kershaw (back) is expected to make a minor league rehab start, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dave Roberts refused to tip his hand initially after Kershaw completed a two-inning simulated game Tuesday, but he ultimately acknowledged that Kershaw will likely need a start on the minor league side to prepare for a return to the major league rotation. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman later confirmed that the next step for Kershaw would be a minor league game. With that, it seems Kershaw is on track for a return late next week.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 day ago

Kershaw (back) threw two simulated innings Tuesday and "came out of it well" according to manager Dave Roberts, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

One would think Kershaw would need a minor league rehab start after only building up to two innings Tuesday, but David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles is reporting that the Dodgers are undecided as to whether Kershaw will next pitch in the majors or the minors. Roberts suggested Kershaw will need to build up to five innings, but he left the door open for Kershaw to do so in a major league game. Either way, the three-time Cy Young winner seems to be closing in on a return following a lengthy absence.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
4 days ago

Kershaw (back) will face live hitters Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw revealed Friday that he'd been cleared for the next step and he now has a set date for his first live session since July 16. Manager Dave Roberts suggested earlier in the week that Kershaw would need one minor league rehab start, with Kershaw negotiating down from the original plan of two rehab outings according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation. There's always a chance the team could reverse course and have Kershaw bypass a rehab assignment if he looks good enough Tuesday.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
5 days ago

Kershaw (back) said Friday that he will face live hitters next week, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not entirely clear whether Kershaw will throw live batting practice to teammates or head out for minor league rehab outing, but either way, Kershaw is ready for the next step. He built up to 60 pitches during Friday's bullpen session, his second bullpen session of the week.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kershaw (back) will throw another extended bullpen session in a couple days, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Kershaw suggested after Tuesday's bullpen that he was ready to face live hitters, the team has decided the lefty will throw another standard side session, this time building up to 60 pitches. From there, Kershaw may be cleared to head out for what is expected to be a one-start rehab assignment in the minor leagues to prepare for a return to Los Angeles.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kershaw (back) threw another bullpen session Tuesday and said it went well, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

With another successful bullpen session under his belt, Kershaw has deemed himself ready for the next step, although he admitted he's uncertain if that next step will be another extended bullpen or live batting practice. Regardless, Kershaw thinks he will ultimately need at least one minor league rehab start to prepare for a return to the major league rotation. If he is cleared to face live hitters by the end of this week, it's possible he could make that rehab start during the first week of September.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kershaw (back) said he felt "100 percent" during Saturday's bullpen session, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports.

EDGE Analysis

The plan was for him to throw 25 pitches Saturday and he will throw around 40 pitches in another bullpen session in the coming days, but it remains to be seen what the next step will be. He can't be activated from the 60-day DL until Aug. 27, but the only way he could return to the rotation around that date would be if he does not need a rehab assignment.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kershaw will throw a bullpen session Saturday and Tuesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw has been increasing his baseball activities over the last week, and will continue to do so with a 25 pitch session Saturday. If it goes as planned, he'll then throw 40 pitches Tuesday. At this point in time, the club still plans on having Kershaw pitch in their upcoming series against Cincinnati.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kershaw (back) is scheduled to rejoin the Dodgers during a four-game series in Cincinnati that begins Friday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw is on track to throw a "light" bullpen session Friday, and the ace will then be reevaluated from there. He can't actually be added to the active roster until Aug. 27, but the Dodgers plan to keep him with the team so they can utilize him as soon as he's deemed ready. Kershaw hasn't pitched in a Major League game since June 26, but his presence in the season's final month could provide a major boost to the Dodgers, who own a game-and-a-half lead over the Giants in the NL West entering Thursday.

60DClayton Kershaw
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kershaw (back) played catch Sunday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw's progress is very promising, as he's been able to play catch everyday this past week. However, the team will continue to be very cautious with their ace, for they don't plan to have him throw off a mound within the next seven days.