Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 Month

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over five innings of one-run ball in a rain-shortened start against the Rockies on Sunday.

The game was called after 5 1/2 innings, giving Kershaw his fifth win of the year. It's a shame that the game ended when it did, as the lefty was really dealing before the skies opened up. He gave up just three hits, including a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki, and didn't walk a batter in the outing. The Diamondbacks are Kershaw's next victims, and they'll meet on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 Months

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine batters over eight innings of two-run ball Monday in a 5-2 win over the White Sox.

The southpaw only made one mistake, but Jose Abreu's two-run fourth inning homer might have cost him the win if Chicago's defense didn't implode in a two-error, five-run sixth. Kershaw helped to make up the deficit in the sixth when he singled and came around to score. The Dodgers' ace hasn't been a fantasy force thus far, missing a month-plus of action and posting a 4-2 record and 3.32 ERA that is nearly a run above his career average. Most of that ERA inflation is due to a nightmare outing versus the Diamondbacks last month, and his 55/7 K/BB rate and 1.08 WHIP over 43 1/3 innings show that he's been better than his surface numbers suggest. Kershaw hits the road for a date in Colorado this weekend.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 Months

Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs over seven innings, striking out nine in a a 3-2 loss against the Reds on Wednesday.

He would have been okay if not for Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the first. That put Kershaw in a 2-0 hole his squad never managed to dig out from under. Kershaw entered this evening with a 2.78 ERA over eight career starts against the Reds, though he'd gone just 2-1 against the club while receiving 2.8 runs of support per game. Tonight was more of the same. The left-hander welcomes the White Sox to a National League venue on Monday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 Months

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings Friday in a 2-0 win over the Phillies.

That's more like it. After getting blasted for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Diamondbacks in his last start, Kershaw was back to his normal dominant self on Friday. The southpaw held the Phillies to just two hits and three walks and induced 17 swinging strikes. He improved to 3-1 on the year and now has a 3.49 ERA and 37/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings over five starts. The Dodgers' ace will get the Reds next Wednesday at home.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 Months

Clayton Kershaw is okay after taking a ball off his right shin during batting practice Wednesday.

Fortunate. Kershaw is slated to face the Phillies on Thursday.

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Clayton Kershaw had the second shortest of his career Saturday, giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings versus the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw's only shorter start came when he allowed seven runs to the Brewers in 1 1/3 innings on May 4, 2010. He had allowed more than seven runs twice, including once last year against the Cardinals (eight runs in 5 2/3 innings). Still, this one probably qualifies as the worst performance of his career, and that it comes so soon after he returned from the DL will make some nervous. We're not especially concerned, though. Expect much better next time out.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 Months

Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Sunday.

Kershaw gave up seven hits, including a two-run home run to Brandon Hicks, while striking out nine. He's got a 1.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through three starts, and the left-hander is showing no ill effects of the back injury that sidelined him through the month of April. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Saturday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 Months

Clayton Kershaw fired seven shutout innings and got the win in Tuesday's start as the Dodgers defeated the Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday.

Kershaw was activated Tuesday after a lengthy stint on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle in his upper back. Kershaw felt that he could have returned sooner, but the Dodgers didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. Kershaw allowed nine hits, didn't issue a walk, and struck out nine in the effort in typical Kershaw fashion. Kershaw will face the Giants at home in his next start.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 Months

Dodgers activated LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 15-day disabled list.

He's back. Kershaw missed all of April with a strained teres major muscle in his upper left back, but he'll make his return in a start Tuesday night against the Nationals. The Dodgers and fantasy owners will have to hope that there will be no more bumps in the road.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 Months

Clayton Kershaw (back) will rejoin the Dodgers' rotation on Tuesday in Washington.

He had been slated for a Monday return, but the Dodgers have decided to push him back a day. Kershaw will still get a second start next week in San Francisco. The left-hander fanned nine batters over five innings in his final rehab start Wednesday, clearing the way for his return.