Rockies ask Aaron Cook to continue rehab assignment

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Aaron Cook’s rehab assignment for a broken finger was scheduled to consist of three starts, but instead he’s already pitched four times and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies “have asked” him to make at least one more start at Triple-A.

Barring any further changes Cook is on track to rejoin the Rockies’ rotation on June 8 against the Padres, which would be his first game action in the majors since September 8 of last year.

Jim Tracy told Harding that the Rockies want Cook to increase his stamina, but his arm must be pretty well stretched out given that he threw 99 pitches Sunday. The bigger issue would seemingly be the six runs he allowed in 7.2 innings against Triple-A hitters.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.