Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers pitches during the opening match of the MLB season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw got through his first test in his eventual return to the Dodgers rotation.
The left-hander allowed one run, on a home run, two hits, he struck out six, and walked one, in five innings of work for the Dodgers high-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Kershaw threw 56 pitches, which is one more than the 55 he was projected to throw.
The Dodgers have not said how many rehab starts the 26-year-old would need before he rejoins the big league club. He’s been throwing bullpen sessions, and tossed a simulated game last Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw reportedly pulled a muscle in his upper back while playing catch just days after his opening day start March 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. Kershaw is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and has led the National League in ERA each of the last three seasons.