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Dodgers Clayton Kershaw to throw two-inning simulated game Wednesday

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 leaves the game in the second inning with a back injury during the regular season MLB game against the Atlanta Braves on July, 23, 2017 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)
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Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is apparently making some progress toward his eventual return, according to a Sunday afternoon update from manager Dave Roberts. While most recently completing his second bullpen session, Kershaw will now be gearing up to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

The veteran left-hander will throw a two-inning simulated game after tossing just under 50 pitches during his second bullpen session. Roberts added that the Dodgers hope to activate their ace by “the end of the month.”

Kershaw is currently on the club’s 10-day disabled list due to a strained lower back. He’s been on the sideline since July 24.

The 29-year-old hurler has already made 21 regular-season relief appearances thus far into the 2017 campaign. Over the course of 141.1 innings of work in all, Kershaw has produced a 2.04 ERA alongside a stellar 15-2 record and 168 strikeouts against 24 walks. Last season, despite encountering more injury trouble, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 1.69 ERA across 21 regular-season starts and an even 149 innings of work.

For his big league career as a whole, a tenure that has been spent entirely in the “City of Angels,” Kershaw is sporting an impressive 2.34 ERA and a 141-62 record over the course of 286 regular-season appearances, 284 starts and a total of 1,901.1 innings of work. He has also struck out 2,086 opposing batters while walking 501 others.

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