Clayton Kershaw injury update: Dodgers ace to make season debut vs. Reds

Clayton Kershaw will make his season debut for the Dodgers on Monday against the Reds, the team announced. 

Clayton Kershaw will make his 2019 debut at home Monday against the Reds.

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The left-hander has been sidelined since spring training with a shoulder injury and has spent time in Double-A Tulsa to rehab the issue. He threw 81 pitches in six innings Tuesday night for the Drillers, striking out six but allowing a pair of home runs. 

“It was a little better than my last rehab start, so that was good,” Kershaw told reporters of his outing Tuesday, via ESPN. “Got to get through six innings, which was big. Got my pitch count up there, so next time I’ll be ready to go.”

The timing is good for the Dodgers, who just lost lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu to an injured groin.

Kershaw’s season debut will come against longtime teammates Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, who were acquired by Cincinnati in an offseason trade. 

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