Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw expects to be back by September, maybe sooner

Dodgers left-handerClayton Kershaw, speaking for the first time since doctors examined the back problem that landed the All-Star on the disabled list, said Wednesday that he’s confident he’ll be in the rotation by September if not sooner, the Los Angeles Times reported.I might not pitch Barry Bonds Jersey as many starts as I’d like in the regular season, but I definitely would like at least a few before October, Kershaw said. I don’t see that being a problem.Beyond his merely returning, the Dodgers have to be concerned about how effective Kershaw(15-2, 2.04 ERA)will be after an extended absence and only weeks before the start of the postseason.After a long absence last year with a disk problem,Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers on Sept. 9, making five starts to prepare for the playoffs. He went 2-1 in four postseason starts and recorded a save in his lone relief appearance, but his ERA was 4.44, almost three times his regular-season ERA (1.69) and his WHIP grew from .88 to 1.15.Kershaw on Wednesday wouldn’tsay whether last year’sprogram left him ready for the postseason.That’s not really a fair question, because that’s the way it worked out last year, Kershaw said. I didn’t have a choice. Ultimately, I’d just like to pitch every fifth day until the end of the season, and then pitch [in the postseason]. That’s not what’s going to happen. So https://www.giantsedge.com/san-francisco-giants/willie-mccovey-jersey I’m going to make this work.According to the Times, Kershaw is frustrated by the public discu sion of a timetable for his return. Reports early this week, following an MRI exam,said he would be sidelined 4-6 weeks, which he refuted.There’s no timetable, Kershaw said. Whoever said that is very much mistaken. False source, or whatever it is. People just tend to run with stuff these days. No timetable. Could be sooner. We’ll just see how it goes.The luxury the Dodgers enjoy: They have the best record in baseball and are 12 1/2 games up on the second-place Diamondbacks in the NL West entering Thursday’s https://www.giantsedge.com/san-francisco-giants/joe-panik-jersey play.Still, Kershaw hasn’t been cleared for any baseball activities, and manager Dave Roberts, who hasn’t speculated on when Kershaw might pitch again, has indicated only that his pitcheris taking medicationand wouldn’t throw until his symptoms subside.

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