Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw not ready
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw will make one more rehab start before returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the left-handed ace didn't hide his feelings as he voiced his displeasure at the move Sunday.
Kershaw, who has lobbied to come off the disabled list this week, instead will start Wednesday for Class AA Chattanooga, according to the Dodgers' Twitter account:
Clayton Kershaw will make his next rehab start on Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga in it's game against Tennessee. #Dodgers- Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 29, 2014
He was placed on the DL with inflammation in his back after his Opening Day start in Australia last month.
"Not really," Kershaw said Sunday when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. "I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something. It's what they want me to do."
Despite Kershaw's protests, the Dodgers want him to push his pitch count to around 80 before Kershaw return to the majors. The thought being is that when he finally does pitch for the Dodgers, he can give them 90-100 pitches.
Kershaw threw a bullpen Sunday before the team's final game against the Colorado Rockies and said he feels normal, which is why he was trying so hard to make his next start in the big leagues.
"That's the hard part," Kershaw said. "You want to pitch in a game when you feel healthy."