Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw was set for a rehab start before being reinstated off the Disabled List. However, it appears as if Kershaw is ready to go and will pitch on Saturday against the New York Mets.
“He’s gonna start tomorrow for us,” Dave Roberts said. “And yeah there’s weather, but I think as I understand it, there is a potential delay (but) we’ll be mindful of it.
Taking everything into consideration, we decided to have him make a start for us.”
Kershaw Returns Again
The 30-year-old Dallas native is coming off the DL for the second time this season. During the initial return on May 31st, Kershaw strained his lower back and left after only five innings.
Initially, Roberts said that Kershaw was going to need a rehab start with their Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Omaha, Nebraska. However, after his simulated game at Wrigley Field, the club felt that he was ready to return again.
While his record this season so far has not been off the charts, his ERA is still among the best, sitting at 2.76.
We will have to wait and see how he holds up this time around. The Dodgers have been playing better as of late and need Kershaw to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Series info vs Mets
The Dodgers begin a three-game set with the Mets on Friday.
Alex Wood (2-5, 4.55 ERA) will go toe-to-toe in the opener with Zack Wheeler (4,82). Meanwhile, Kershaw faces off with one of the Mets’ aces, Jacob DeGrom (5-2, 1.51 ERA), on Saturday. To close out the series, Rich Hill (1-2 4.99 ERA), is scheduled to battle Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60 ERA).