National League West

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw hopeful he can make 'at least a few' starts before playoffs begin

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw hopeful he can make 'at least a few' starts before playoffs begin

On Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers’ pitching staff gathered on the diamond around 4 p.m. for pitchers fielding practice. A staple of spring training, the drills serve as refreshers during the long season. The gang was nearly all there — even Brock Stewart, the team’s starter for that night’s game against Minnesota, sat in the dugout to watch.

There was one conspicuous absence. Clayton Kershaw is only three days removed from a lower back strain that interrupted another All-Star season, landed him on the disabled list and placed his readiness for October in doubt. Speaking about the injury for the first time after being examined by team doctors, Kershaw expressed confidence in his...

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