The Dodgers just announced that Clayton Kershaw will make his 2019 debut against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles on Monday.
Thus endeth the minor league rehab. Kershaw pitched in two games in Oklahoma, going four and a third innings while striking out six in his first outing for Oklahoma City and going six innings while striking out six for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Kershaw said he was happy with his pitch count after Tuesday’s performance. The club was going to wait a day to make sure he wasn’t feeling any unusual after effects yesterday, so their announcement that he’s good to go for Monday means he’s feeling fine.
He’ll be returning just in time for the Dodgers who just lost Hyun-Jin Ryu to a groin injury. The club is still waiting for Rich Hill to get back as well. In their absence L.A. has done well, primarily on the power of its offense, but they’ve dropped three in a row now and can’t expect to put up ten runs every other day forever. They could use their ace back.
Kershaw has been bitten by the injury bug in each of the last three seasons. He last pitched 30 games in a season in 2015. Last year he went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a 155/29 K/BB ratio in 161.1 innings across 26 starts. The Dodgers are hoping he’s back for good now.