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Dodgers Kershaw to Make Second Rehab Start

Kershaw is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career

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Dodgers Kershaw to Make Second Rehab Start

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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)

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will make his second, and most likely last, rehab start Wednesday for the club’s double-A affiliate Chattanooga Wednesday, the organization has announced.

The 26-year-old told the Los Angeles Times he’s “ready” to rejoin the big league club and wasn’t really happy about having to make another minor league start.

Manager Don Mattingly said after Kershaw’s first rehab game that he and the Dodgers medical staff wanted to make sure of the left-hander’s health without the added stress of facing major league hitters.

If all goes well, Kershaw is expected to pitch for the Dodgers when the team stops in Washington on its current nine-game road trip

In that initial rehab assignment, Kershaw tossed five innings, allowed one run, and struck out six on 56 pitches last Friday for single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Kershaw went on the disabled list with a pulled a back muscle after his opening day start March 22 in Sydney, Australia. In that start, he went 6 2/3 innings, allowed one run, and struck out seven in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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