Clayton Kershaw resumes throwing program, LA Dodgers expect September return

first_imgThe plan calls for Kershaw to gradually increase his throwing distance from flat ground before he’s cleared to throw off a mound.Roberts went on to point out that, because there are no minor league games in September, Kershaw’s next game action will almost certainly come with the Dodgers. “Any time he can get back, we’ll take him,” Roberts said. “There’s not going to be a rehab situation because there’s not going to be an opportunity. So when he gets back it’s going to be bullpens, and live BPs. Whenever he feels he’s ready to go, then we’ll pencil him in and get him going.” Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 earned-run average in 16 starts prior to his injury.Urias starts Monday Julio Urias will become the seventh different pitcher to start for the Dodgers in their last eight games when the rookie left-hander takes the mound Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Urias, 19, is 1-2 with a 4.98 earned-run average in 10 major league games (nine starts) this season. He was 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 11 games (seven starts) at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. In his most recent appearance, Urias pitched three innings of relief Wednesday in Colorado, allowing three runs. His last major league start was July 21, when he allowed one run in four innings against the Washington Nationals. Now in his fourth professional season, Urias has thrown 88 ⅓ regular-season innings across the two levels this year. That’s a career high. Roberts declined to say how Urias’ season-long innings limit might play into Monday’s plans, but Urias hasn’t thrown more than six innings in a game this season. He’s topped 90 pitches twice, and 100 pitches once. Philadelphia is among the worst-hitting teams against left-handed pitching this season; their .655 OPS against lefties ranks 29th among the 30 MLB teams. Garcia’s season overWhen Rob Segedin had a locker in Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Yimi Garcia did not for the first time all year. Garcia hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since developing soreness in his right biceps on April 22 in Colorado. He made six minor league rehab appearances in July, but none since he experienced a setback on July 29. Now, with 51 games and less than two months remaining in the regular season, “we just don’t see him coming back,” Roberts said. Roberts said that the team’s training staff hasn’t determined whether or not Garcia will need surgery. In nine games with the Dodgers in April, the right-hander allowed three runs in 8 ⅓ innings, walking one batter and striking out four. Garcia made 59 appearances with the Dodgers in 2015, going 3-5 with a 3.34 earned-run average. AlsoAfter being scratched from Sunday’s start with a finger blister, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill said he is targeting a return Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hill remains on the 15-day disabled list. … Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with three RBIs in his first game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He doubled with the bases loaded in the final inning of the Dodgers’ loss to the Iowa Cubs. … Brett Anderson is scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Monday. It’s expected to be the third and final rehab start for Anderson, who hasn’t pitched this season while recovering from back surgery. … As is now custom, retiring Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully met with two players from the visiting team prior to the series finale against the Red Sox: designated hitter David Ortiz and infielder Travis Shaw. Shaw is the son of former Dodgers pitcher Jeff Shaw. LOS ANGELES >> There are no big steps with Clayton Kershaw these days, only small ones. He isn’t pitching for the Dodgers this week, or next week, or even putting a timeline on a minor league rehab assignment.Kershaw is, however, throwing a baseball again. The left-hander played catch from flat ground Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium for the first time since July 10, when a fateful bullpen session didn’t go as well as the Dodgers had hopedThe mildly herniated disc in Kershaw’s lower back has put his season in jeopardy. Sunday’s progress, however small, gave the Dodgers a tangible reason to believe he’ll be pitching major league games in September.“All along we’ve expected — a little bit of it is being hopeful — but we expect him to make starts for us this year in September,” manager Dave Roberts said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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