George Springer suffers setback in rehab game

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Astros outfielder George Springer was expected to be activated off the 15-day disabled list before the weekend, but that is not going to happen now.

According to beat reporter Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Springer aggravated his strained left quadriceps muscle while playing in what was supposed to be his final minor league rehab game Wednesday night at Low-A Quad Cities. Springer is headed to Houston to visit with Astros team doctors and the 24-year-old former first-round pick could now remain sidelined through the middle part of August. He landed on the disabled list July 23.

Springer was sporting an .804 OPS, 20 home runs, and 51 RBI through his first 78 major league games.

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.