While the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin the season with Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day injured list, their left-handed ace continues to make gradual progress in returning from inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Having completed a simulated game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw is scheduled for another on Saturday. Kershaw is expected to throw three innings in his second sim game setting.
He’s made steady progress over recent weeks after being shut down 10 days because of the inflammation. Kershaw was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and limited to workouts in the weight room for several days.
His initial attempt to resume playing catch did not go well, but he managed to successfully do so two days later. Kershaw then built up to a bullpen session, followed by again getting off the mound and with clearance to throw his entire pitch mix.
Despite checking off multiple boxes, Kershaw was not to the point where he could extend his franchise record by making a ninth consecutive start on Opening Day. It certainly was understandable, as the 31-year-old didn’t pitch in a Major League game during Spring Training.
Kershaw expressed some disappointment in his streak getting snapped, but also an understanding of his health and bigger picture taking priority. Assuming Kershaw gets through Saturday’s simulated game without issue, he conceivably could next advance to beginning a rehab assignment.
Unlike with Rich Hill, who is expected to miss two weeks while recovering from a left knee strain, the Dodgers have not provided a timeline for Kershaw’s return.