Sep 23, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw made it through an easy 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday afternoon without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in his troublesome right hip. He was not sore when he woke up Saturday morning and felt strong Sunday when he met with team doctors.
So, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, he has been cleared to return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation on Sunday night against the Reds.
Kershaw hasn’t pitched since September 11 — nearly two full weeks ago — because of a hip impingement.
The 24-year-old boasts a 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 206/53 K/BB ratio in 206 2/3 innings this season.
Los Angeles is currently three games back of the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card spot.
- And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights 0
- The benches cleared in Toronto, too 77
- The Reds’ and Pirates’ benches cleared after Brandon Phillips was hit with a pitch 51
- Reminder: even though the trade deadline has passed, trades can still happen 13
- Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results 36
- Lucas Duda’s last eight hits have been home runs 11
- Report: Larry Lucchino stepping down as president and CEO of the Red Sox 32
- Clayton Kershaw blanks the Angels over eight innings, runs consecutive scoreless innings streak to 37 20
- The benches cleared in Friday’s Giants-Rangers game (205)
- Blue Jays acquire David Price from the Tigers (113)
- Rangers land ace left-hander Cole Hamels from Phillies (106)
- Royals make another big move, get Ben Zobrist from A’s (95)
- Report: Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and prospects (92)