Clayton Kershaw expected to return from bereavement leave to start Friday

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Clayton Kershaw is away from the Dodgers on bereavement leave following the death of his father, but manager Don Mattingly told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the team is “pretty sure” the left-hander will be back to start Friday against the Giants.

That would mean Kershaw staying on his normal pitching schedule, as he left the team and traveled home to Texas after throwing eight shutout innings Sunday against the Brewers.

Steven Souza diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle

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Steven Souza looked like he sustained a major shoulder injury after diving for a ball and missing on Wednesday night. Turns out, though, that it is not nearly as bad as it could’ve been: he has a strained pectoral muscle. That’ll only keep him out “a couple of weeks” according to Dbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

Good news for Souza and the Diamondbacks, who are counting on their new right fielder’s power to help offset the loss of J.D. Martinez, who helped the Dbacks to the playoffs with his second half home run outburst. He hit 30 with Tampa Bay last year and would seem poised to at least match that given Chase Field’s more hitter-friendly reputation.

Until Souza returns Jarrod Dyson and Yasmany Tomas will likely cover right field.