Clayton Kershaw To Return From Disabled List on Saturday vs. Mets

Kershaw was placed on the disabled list on June 1 with a lower back strain.
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will return from the disabled list on Saturday, manager Dave Roberts announced on Friday.

Kershaw will not make his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City in Omaha, Neb. but will face the Mets instead. The southpaw played long toss during warmups on Friday at Citi Field.

Roberts said that he will not put a pitch limit on Kershaw during Saturday's start but will decide in the game how deep Kershaw goes.

The Dodgers placed Kershaw on the disabled list on June 1 with a lower back strain. Roberts said then that he expected the pitcher to be out at least one month. An MRI taken at the time showed no "structural damage" to the discs in Kershaw's back.

Kershaw previously spent a month on the DL this season with biceps tendinitis and returned against the Phillies on May 31, only to leave the game with back tightness.

In eight games this season, Kershaw has recorded 53 strikeouts with a 2.76 ERA. His fastball velocity has been down this season, and it was clocked in only the high 80s on May 31 before he exited the game.

Back injuries have sidelined Kershaw over the past two seasons. He missed five weeks last season with a lower back strain and suffered from a herniated disk in 2016 that forced him to go more than two months between starts.