Clayton Kershaw the ace for the Los Angeles Dodgers is scheduled to pitch in a rehab game in the minor leagues for Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in Class A. His start will most likely be on Sunday, said a baseball source close to the team.
The news of Kershaw’s rehab start has not been confirmed by Dodgers officials.
Kershaw and any other Dodger’s player in the organization as of this past Wednesday including Yasiel Puig an outfielder would be eligible for the roster during the playoffs.
Kershaw was sidelined more than two months due to a herniated disk problem in his back. He had a simulated game earlier this week in which he finished healthy without pain.
He pitched just two innings but with the minor league season nearing an end, Los Angeles was running out of time for him to get live game action.
Even if the Dodgers ace can be activated following this rehab start, he has not rebuilt enough arm strength to pitch deep into any game.
However, the Dodgers desperately need help with starting pitching as Scott Kazmir, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy are on the team’s disabled list as well.
Ryu will likely miss the remainder of the season with an injured left elbow, but Anderson, McCarthy and Kazmir are close to being activated, while Wood might return later this month in a relief role.
Until being put on the DL following a loss to the Pirates June 26, Kershaw had appeared headed toward winning his fourth Cy Young Award. He currently is 11-2 with an ERA of 1.79.
Puig could be recalled over the weekend by the Dodgers from their Triple-A affiliated in Oklahoma City. However, the club still has not confirmed his recall.
The club still has not reported whether Puig is to report with other players on Friday in its first wave of new call ups. Others expected to be recalled include Austin Barnes, Josh Ravin and Louis Coleman.
Puig is a former All-Star who was optioned by the Dodgers on August 2 to Triple-A. He has hit .349 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs in his 19 games in the minors. He was sent to work on both his playing and his attitude.
Officials with the Dodgers remain reluctant to talk about Puig’s recall. He was reportedly placed on waivers and claimed by another club but no trade was worked out.