Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Dodgers' Kershaw takes a step in the right direction

LOS ANGELES — LHP Clayton Kershaw resumed baseball activities Sunday with a game of catch as he continued his attempt to return to the mound for the Dodgers this season.

"Clayton played catch (Sunday), first day. I haven't heard how he came out of it, but (Sunday) was that first day," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I'm sure there was some soreness, but it was good to see him with a baseball in his hand."

Sidelined since his most recent start on June 26, Kershaw (mild herniated disc) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and is not eligible to return until Aug. 27.

"I think that all along we've expected, and a little bit of it is being hopeful, for him to make starts for us this year in September," Roberts said.

The next step for Kershaw will be another session of catch "just a little further out," with team doctors hoping to "just continue to get his intensity up and stretch him out," Roberts said.

With less than two months left in the season, the Dodgers plan to start their three-time Cy Young Award winner as soon as he's ready and cleared by team doctors, no matter if its a regular-season or playoff game.

"Anytime he can get back, we'll take Clayton," Roberts said when asked if he thought Kershaw would need regular-season starts to be ready should the Dodgers reach the postseason.

"There's not going to be a rehab situation, there's not going to be opportunity," Roberts said. "So when he does get back it's going to be bullpens and live (batting practices) kind of thing, I think. Whenever he feels he's ready to go we're going to pencil him in, get him going."

Also, the Dodgers called up 27-year-old rookie Rob Segedin from the minors and started him in leftfield. Segedin made his major-league debut after 2,331 minor-league plate appearances.

TRIPLE PLAY: The Phillies turned the first triple play in Petco Park history, accomplishing the feat in the bottom of the seventh in San Diego. With runners on first and second, Padres pinch-hitter Jabari Blash hit a grounder to 3B Maikel Franco. He stepped on the bag and fired to 2B Cesar Hernandez to erase Jose Rondon. Hernandez's relay to 1B Ryan Howard beat Blash by a step.

ASTROS: OF Colby Rasmus was put on the 15-day disabled list with a cyst in his right ear.

A'S: RHP Sonny Gray went on the DL with a strained right forearm.

BLUE JAYS: CF Kevin Pillar sat out as a precaution a day after jamming his left thumb.

CARDINALS: 2B Matt Carpenter was not in the lineup a day after getting removed with apparent side muscle difficulties.

D'BACKS: OF David Peralta went on the 15-day DL for the third time this season, the second time for a wrist injury.

NATIONALS: RF Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup because of a stiff neck.

ORIOLES: Former Rays INF Steve Pearce received a cortisone injection for his injured flexor tendon. He's expected to miss only a few games.

PIRATES: 3B David Freese did not play a day after leaving a game because of discomfort in his left elbow.

RANGERS: OF Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with a left quad contusion.

RED SOX: 1B Hanley Ramirez was scratched after his left wrist injury flared up.

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