April 15, 2014

Clayton Kershaw throws 26-pitch bullpen session

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick has the news from San Francisco …

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session Tuesday and showed his best velocity since being injured.

Kershaw threw 26 pitches in the AT&T Park bullpen, with manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt watching and trainer Stan Conte monitoring velocity with an app. At one point, Mattingly stood in as an imaginary batter. Kershaw threw from the windup and stretch.

Kershaw was placed on the disabled list March 29 with a strained teres major muscle in his upper back. There’s still no official timetable for his return, though mid-May seems like a realistic target.

The 26-year-old left-hander won 2013 National League Cy Young Award honors after posting a 1.83 ERA, 0.915 WHIP, and 232 strikeouts across 236 innings. He signed a $215 million extension in January.