Dodgers ace Kershaw strong in first rehab start

Dodgers ace Kershaw strong in first rehab start
April 26, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Clayton Kershaw threw 5 innings of two-hit ball on Friday for the High-A affiliate of the Dodgers. (AP)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looked his usual self in his first rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night.

In five innings Kershaw allowed two hits and one run while striking out six, expending just one more pitch than his pregame target of 55. The only run came on a fifth-inning solo homer from infielder Carlos Perdomo.

The 6-foot-3 lefty said he felt fine after the rehab start.

"I felt good and felt healthy," Kershaw was quoted. "I don't have any pain now and don't anticipate any problems in the morning."

It is unclear when Kershaw will rejoin the Dodgers.

"He'll throw another [bullpen], and we'll make a decision from there," manager Don Mattingly was quoted.

Kershaw, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left teres major after pitching against Arizona in the opening series in Australia on March 22, signed a seven-year, $215 million contract extension in January and had never been on the disabled list previously.

In 236 innings pitched in 2013, Kershaw led the National League with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts.

The 26-year-old seven-year veteran boasts a career 78-46 record, 2.59 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 1,186 2/3 innings pitched.


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