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Offbeat Kershaw dazzles, then struggles in 3-inning return from DL

04:30  24 june  2018
04:30  24 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Kershaw came off the disabled list and allowed two runs in three innings against the New York Mets. ''Good to be back,'' Kershaw said. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York.

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © Julie Jacobson Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK — Clayton Kershaw was shaky in an abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Kershaw came off the disabled list and allowed two runs in three innings against the New York Mets. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final inning.

The lefty ace was scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but Los Angeles decided Friday to have him pitch in New York because of precarious weather in Nebraska. Kershaw had been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain.

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Kershaw 's return will take a little more time, however. "Obviously, we're leaving it in his hands to see how aggressive we want to be," Roberts said. Roberts said he expects Kershaw 's progression to be from 90 feet to 120, 150 and then regular long toss, before getting him back on the mound.

Kershaw was electric in the first inning. He froze leadoff man Brandon Nimmo on a curveball for a three-pitch strikeout, got Todd Frazier looking for a five-pitch K and induced a weak grounder to the mound from Asdrubal Cabrera.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn't as sharp after that. Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista lined consecutive doubles off him in the second inning to tie it at 1, and Kershaw threw 25 pitches in the third inning, including an RBI single by Wilmer Flores to put New York ahead 2-1.

Kershaw struck out four, walked one and allowed five hits before Chris Taylor pinch hit for him in the fourth. Kershaw was expected to be limited to 60 pitches or four innings on his rehab outing.

Taylor lined a two-run double off Mets ace Jacob deGrom for a 3-2 lead. Rookie lefty Caleb Ferguson came on to pitch the bottom of the fourth — he was Saturday's scheduled starter before LA canceled Kershaw's rehab outing.

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Kershaw went to the disabled list after that with an inflamed back muscle, and he made rehab starts for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A The Dodgers made room on the roster by optioning Pedro Baez to Chattanooga. Baez, originally signed as a third baseman, made his big league debut

Kershaw pleaded with Roberts to throw in the majors instead of Triple-A and won out because of projected rain in Omaha. The weather held off in Nebraska, though, and Oklahoma City started on time Saturday night. Roberts laughed before the game when a reporter suggested he'd been duped.

Taylor was held out of the Dodgers' lineup for the second straight day with a tight left hamstring but was available to hit. He may be ready for more Sunday, though he'll likely be held out of the lineup then, too. He was pinch run for by Ross Stripling after his go-ahead double.

Rookie righty Walker Buehler (4-1, 2.63) is still dealing with soreness from a right rib microfracture. Buehler nixed a scheduled bullpen session Saturday, and Roberts said he may throw Sunday if there's improvement.

Adam Liberatore was optioned to Triple-A to make space for Kershaw.

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