Clayton Kershaw is scheduled make a minor league rehab start on Saturday. He’s was sidelined for nearly a month with biceps tendinitis, came back for five innings and has missed about three weeks since then with a strained lower back. The path back to big league action appears clear now, however.
According to Dave Roberts, Kershaw will be limited to four innings for his start this weekend for Triple-A Oklahoma City. If the outing goes well it’ll likely be his only minor league start. All signs, at the moment, point to Kershaw feeling good as he tossed a three-inning simulated game before yesterday’s postponed game in Chicago. Kershaw said he felt fine afterward.
Kershaw is 1-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. Despite all of his missed time, the Dodgers are 11-3 in June and have gained nearly eight games in the standings during Kershaw’s two stints on the DL.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”