Clayton Kershaw’s been out with an injury for about 10 weeks now, but today, he returns to the mound in a rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. It’s been reported that Kershaw will throw approximately 50 pitches, or three innings, and will be followed by a rehab appearance by Brett Anderson.
The last time Kershaw pitched in a game for the Dodgers, the team was in second place, far behind the Giants. Now, the Dodgers have a two game lead on the Giants. Having Kershaw return in time for the postseason push will certainly improve Los Angeles’ chances at a championship.
More from around the National League West:
- Speaking of the Dodgers, the team called up Jose De Leon, their No. 2 prospect, and will have him making his Major League debut on Sunday. De Leon was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 35th best prospect in baseball.
- Known in prospect watching circles as someone with a funny stance at the plate, the Rockies called up outfielder Raimel Tapia, who entered the game as a pinch hitter. The Rockies are a long shot to get into the postseason via a Wild Card spot, but with additions of players like Tapia, David Dahl, and Trevor Story, they may make it there soon enough.
- Grant Brisbee takes a look at whether or not the Diamondbacks should keep Greinke or ditch him at the first chance possible.