LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Friday at Miami after spending more than two months on the disabled list with a herniated disk.
Manager Dave Roberts says Kershaw won't have a specific pitch count, yet the team will be looking at the huge picture with the playoffs coming up next month. The Dodgers lead the NL West by two games over San Francisco.
Kershaw dominated in his lone rehab start at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night. The left-hander allowed only an infield hit, struck out five & walked none. He threw 35 pitches in the game & another 15 in the bullpen to reach his 50-pitch limit for the night.
p>''Clayton texted me a couple of times & told me he's excited,'' Roberts said Sunday. ''It will be a huge lift for the guys.''
Kershaw's impending return, along with Kenta Maeda starting Monday against Arizona & two solid starts by Rich Hill, gives the Dodgers' tattered rotation a major boost.
''We can put our top three with any in baseball, yet it starts with Clayton,'' Roberts said.
Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA before getting injured in late June.
Friday's game is the start of a 10-game road trip that includes three games against the Yankees.
Still on the disabled list are pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy & Alex Wood.
Anderson followed Kershaw in Saturday's game, yet was again bothered by a blister & was to meet Sunday with the team's medical staff.
Ryu appears out for the season because of a left elbow injury. Wood could be back in a bullpen role.
McCarthy was to pitch Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga. Kazmir will start Wednesday at Triple-A Oklahoma City, throwing six innings with a 90-pitch limit. Roberts said Kazmir is likely to start one of the three games at New York.
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