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Dodgers All-Star to start Saturday at the Brick

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L.A. Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw to start for OKC Dodgers on Saturday against Omaha.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Dodgers might not make the playoffs this year, but for one game on Saturday, fans can be delighted to see the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw will start for Oklahoma City against Omaha at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

His assignment to OKC is to rehabilitate after suffering a back strain on July 23. Before his injury, the All-Star left-hander was 15-2 with an earned run average of 2.04. Kershaw will rejoin the Dodgers next week if he completes his outing over the weekend without a setback.

“Health-wise, I could have pitched in the big leagues 10 days ago,” Kershaw said. “But that’s not the plan.”

Kershaw is scheduled to throw a four-inning, 60-pitch outing with Oklahoma City, LA pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. Kershaw has never before appeared in a triple-A game. He jumped from double-A to the majors in 2008 and has only briefly returned to the minors for rehab games.

Kershaw pitched a 55-pitch, four-inning simulated game earlier this week, but the Dodgers medical staff recommended he be sent down to OKC, according to LA manager Dave Roberts.

“Sim games are really hard,” Kershaw told the LA Times. “You try to create intensity, but you can’t. It’s really not a good recipe. I guess that’s what you have to do.

“You can’t simulate a big league game. You’ve got to go do it.”

Kershaw on Wednesday tried to convince Roberts and Honeycutt to start for LA when the Dodgers face Milwaukee Saturday night. But after a lengthy discussion, Roberts said the team decided to stick to the original plan.

“Me, Rick and Clayton talked through things, trying to consider everything, and ultimately what’s best for him and the Dodgers,” Roberts said. “We went through a lot of different scenarios and reasons why and reasons why he shouldn’t, and I think caution won out.”

Los Angeles currently has the best record in the Majors with a 90-36 record. The Dodgers have done well without Kershaw in the lineup going 22-5 since his injury.

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