Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw scheduled for Friday return vs. San Diego Padres

By The Sports Xchange  |  Aug. 28, 2017 at 12:05 PM
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Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will return from the disabled list Friday to start the series opener against the Padres at San Diego, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

Kershaw has been on the disabled list since July 24 after exiting with a lower back strain the previous day against the Atlanta Braves.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner recorded eight strikeouts while allowing one run on two hits in five innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

"Good, it was fun to get back out there," Kershaw said, per ESPN. "Fun to pitch again. It's been a long time.

"So I was glad to get back out there and everything felt healthy and good to go, so I'm excited about the next one."

Kershaw sports a 15-2 mark with a 2.04 ERA in 21 starts this season.

Los Angeles faces a 17-game stretch with no days off, and Roberts saying that a six-man rotation is a "very good possibility."

Dodgers All-Star left-hander Alex Wood (shoulder joint inflammation) is also slated to come off the disabled list in San Diego.

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