Report: Clayton Kershaw hopes to return to Dodgers lineup early in May

Sunday April 20th, 2014

Clayton Kershaw had a 1.83 ERA with a WHIP of 0.915 in 2013. (Matt King/MLB/Getty Images) Clayton Kershaw has not pitched since March 23. (Matt King/MLB/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is looking to rejoin the team in early May, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Kershaw has been sidelined with a strained muscle in his upper back since pitching in the team's openerMarch 23, a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.

The reigning Cy Young winner pitched three innings of a simulated game on Sunday, reaching 90 mph with his fastball while throwing 50 pitches. The pitcher experienced no discomfort during the session is expected to be sent to the minors for rehab starts before he is able to rejoin the team.

SI WIRE: Brewers, Pirates involved in brawl after Carlos Gomez and Gerrit Cole exchange words The simulated game featured another recovering Dodger in catcher A.J. Ellis, who was behind the plate, and is ahead of schedule in recovering from surgery on his left knee. Ellis hopes to return to the team in the coming weeks after making a few rehab starts.

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