Mattingly, who exchanged text messages with Kershaw on Thursday morning, said the Dodgers must first be convinced that the left-hander is not experiencing any pain after Wednesday's five-inning rehab start for Double-A Chattanooga. And then the reigning
"We still continue on the same path. We have a plan for him," Mattingly said of Kershaw. "But we still have to get past today and the bullpen."
Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since their season opener in Australia, after which he was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his upper back. If Kershaw is activated, Mattingly said
The Dodgers had some business to take care of in Minneapolis before they could think about any of that, though. Because of Tuesday's weather-related postponement, the Dodgers and
"Red’s a guy that kind of got on the radar over the last year," Mattingly said. "We liked him in
"So we feel like he's a guy who's going to come in here and challenge the strike zone and be the best guy for this start."
The Dodgers called Patterson up from Triple-A Albuquerque, invoking the 26-man rule which allows teams to temporarily expand their roster if they are forced to play an unscheduled doubleheader.