MLB In Full Bloom - When Will Kershaw Return? - 4/22/2014

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Clayton Kershaw (back) is on track to begin a rehab assignment on Friday. Kershaw declared after a 50-pitch simulated game Sunday that he was ready for a rehab assignment, but the Dodgers will make him throw one more bullpen session on Tuesday. Kershaw came away feeling good after Sunday's simulated game and assuming he gets through that bullpen session with no issues, he'll then be assigned to a minor league affiliate. Kershaw should rejoin the Dodgers' rotation in mid-May if everything continues to go well. It's unclear where that start will take place, but Kershaw is expected to take the ball twice on his rehab assignment before rejoining the Dodgers' rotation.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Cliff Lee scattered four hits over eight innings and struck out 10 and retired 21 of his last 22 batters to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night. Lee had a least one strikeout in every inning and did not walk a batter. Lee has 38 strikeouts and two walks through his first five starts and he has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than three earned runs in any of his eight regular season starts against the Dodgers. He'll face the Diamondbacks in his next start.
  • Chris Sale (arm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. White Sox GM Rick Hahn only expects the lefty to be out for the minimum 15 days. The good news is that Sale has no ligament damage in his elbow, but a flexor strain is still something that could cause a lengthy absence. Charlie Leesman will replace Sale in Chicago's rotation.
  • Raul Ibanez delivered a tie-breaking three-run as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning as the Angels rallied to win in Washington against the Nationals. The focus going into the game was Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, but they went a combined 2-for-8 with zero runs or RBI. Ibanez has not hit very much this year, but he has a knack for driving in runs. He now has 15 RBI and three home runs despite his .161 batting average in his first year in Los Angeles.
  • Matt Dominguez went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a walk and three RBI Monday against the Mariners. Dominguez's fifth inning blast off the Mariners' Felix Hernandez was his third of the season. Dominguez has shown signs of life at the plate recently, hitting safely in nine of his last 10 games.
  • Desmond Jennings (groin) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup Tuesday night. After a groin injury limited him to just one at-bat over the last three games, Jennings is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup for tonight's series opener versus the Twins. Jennings has had a fairly solid start to the 2014 campaign, posting a .264 BA with one homer and six doubles over 17 games.
  • Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) was pulled from Monday's game in the seventh inning due to a sore left ankle in Oakland. Choo was taken out for the bottom of the seventh inning, but he went 1-for-3 with a leadoff home run and a walk. It's very possible that Choo will miss the remainder of the series against the Athletics.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (heel) entered Monday's game as a pinch-hitter and was hitless in two at-bats. He left Sunday's game with a bruised left heel and was not in the starting lineup Monday, but he entered the bottom of the seventh inning and played the rest of the game in left field. It's a good bet he's back in the lineup Tuesday.