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Padres option Luis Perdomo to Triple-A

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The Padres announced on Thursday that starter Luis Perdomo has been optioned to Triple-A El Paso. The club will activate pitcher Kirby Yates from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday’s game against the Diamondbacks.

As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes, Perdomo is back in the minors for the first time since 2015, when he pitched for High-A Palm Beach, which is an affiliate of the Cardinals. Perdomo, 24, struggled over his first four starts to the 2018 season, allowing 15 runs (13 earned) on 26 hits and nine walks with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.

Perdomo was notably involved in last week’s altercation with the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, which resulted in five-game suspensions for both players.

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.