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Clayton Kershaw will start rehab assignment Friday

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one step closer to having ace pitcher and defending Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw back in their rotation.

Per Ken Gurnick of, Kershaw will start a rehab assignment on Friday as he works to return from a back injury:

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Friday night with a start at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga against Lancaster…Mattingly said Kershaw would likely make 55 to 60 pitches Friday.”

There will be a number of steps to his rehab and the Dodgers will be sure to monitor his progress closely with each appearance. If Kershaw is able to continue building up his arm strength and pitching without issue or complication, it looks like he will be able to return to the rotation in May as the Dodgers were hoping that he would.

Before going on the DL Kershaw made only one start during the team’s opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. He was his usual dominant self in that game, though many people wonder if it was accelerated time table to get ready for that game that put Kershaw at risk to injure himself in the first place. Either way, the Dodgers are hoping that a proper handling of his rehab process will make it such that this back injury is a one-time thing.

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