Kershaw to throw first bullpen session since injury

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw won’t come off the disabled list Friday for the Dodgers’ first game after the All-Star Break, but he continues to progress. Dave Roberts told reporters today that Kershaw would throw a light bullpen session today of approximately 20 pitches.

So far, the Dodgers have held it together in Kershaw’s absence, going 9-4 since his last start, with only today’s game to go before they take four days off.

The Dodgers return to action with three games at Arizona. Bud Norris, Brandon McCarthy and Kenta Maeda are scheduled to start. After a travel day July 18, they play at Washington, with Scott Kazmir and Hyun-Jin Ryu taking the first two games against the Nationals.

As Ken Gurnick of MLB.com points out, it will be all righties at Arizona, followed by lefties to begin the Washington series.

According to Andy McCullough of the Times, it’s possible for Kershaw to come back during the rotation’s second turn.

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