Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw 'very likely' to start Thursday

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Monday, August 7, 2023

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is "very likely" to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation on Thursday, manager Dave Roberts said Monday.

Kershaw hasn't pitched since June 27, when he held the Colorado Rockies to one hit over six innings. After that outing, he was placed on the injured list with left shoulder soreness.

The Dodgers have set their rotation for the first three games this week. Tony Gonsolin will pitch Monday afternoon against the San Diego Padres, with Julio Urias and Bobby Miller scheduled to start Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Phoenix when the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks.

That would line up Kershaw, 35, to pitch at home Thursday to start a four-game series against the Rockies. In his career, he has a 27-11 record with a 3.33 ERA and 312 strikeouts in 49 starts against Colorado.

The Dodgers had been targeting an early August return for Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner.

Kershaw is 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts this season. He has struck out 105 batters in 95 1/3 innings.

In his 16th season, all with the Dodgers, Kershaw has a 207-91 career record with a 2.48 ERA and 2,912 strikeouts.