Apr 20, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at maximum effort and with no restrictions on Sunday at Dodger Stadium before the series finale against the Diamondbacks.
Kershaw was touching 90 mph with his fastball and reported no discomfort in his back or shoulder. “It’s full effort for me,” the ace left-hander told reporters. “You can’t simulate the adrenaline of a big league game, that’s where you get your extra velocity from. But for a 10 a.m. sim game, that’s pretty much all I got.”
Kershaw said the next step in his rehabilitation process could be a minor league rehab assignment, but no official decision will be made on that front until the Dodgers see how feels Monday morning.
The 26-year-old has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a teres major muscle strain. He has only made one start this season, and it was on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.
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