The Dodgers' starting-pitching staff is on the mend, and its ace is inching closer toward a return to the mound.
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will throw a simulated game either Tuesday or Wednesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday. The outing is expected to last 3-4 innings.
he plan is for Kershaw to follow his sim game with a bullpen session and then a rehab start before he rejoins the Dodgers' rotation.
For the second year in a row, a lower back injury has hampered Kershaw midseason. Roberts said that the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner is adjusting to a new normal that has necessitated an increased focus on mechanics.
"He's trying to relearn his body," Roberts said, "whether it be alignment, whether it be the health of the back. He's never been a mechanics-driven guy, really has never really thought too much about mechanics throughout his career. Just having things synced up with his delivery, he's kind of not there yet. And so he and [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] are working through that."
Kershaw, who served a previous stint on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis, has not pitched since May 31 against the Phillies.
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