After throwing a simulated game on Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hopeful that reigning National League Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw, will be able to return to the starting rotation by early May.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, “The Dodgers offered no timetable for his return to the major leagues, but one source said he believed Kershaw could rejoin the Dodgers on their next trip, which extends from April 29 through May 7.”
Kershaw threw 50 pitches over three innings yesterday morning and reported no setbacks after throwing at full effort. He has been on the disabled list with a back injury and has not appeared in a game since the March 23 season opener when he threw 102 pitches in 6.2 innings of one-run ball in the win.
The ace of the dodgers is expected to use 1-2 rehab starts which should be announced shortly and is the final hurdle for Kershaw as his is nearing his return to the mound.