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Clayton Kershaw on track to join Dodgers rotation next week

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to have their full starting rotation back in tact soon.

Ace Clayton Kershaw made his final minor league rehab appearance on Wednesday. All went well and Kershaw is on track to re-join the Los Angeles rotation next week.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLA reports the latest update on Kershaw, who is looking to possibly start at the beginning of next week against the Washington Nationals:

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw cleared what the Los Angeles Dodgerssaid was his final hurdle, pitching five strong innings in his second minor league rehab start Wednesday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kershaw appears to be on target to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation in Washington next week, perhaps as early as Monday.”

Saxon also notes that Kershaw was forced to throw a handful more pitches because of some bad defense behind him. His ability to stretch out that way makes the Dodgers comfortable that he is ready to go.

To date the Dodgers have not dominated or taken hold of the NL West the way people expected they would. They also have not been full strength, however. In the coming weeks they will try to assert themselves with their ace back at the top of their rotation.

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