Kershaw ramps up intensity, keeps progressing

Hill to start Saturday in Washington; Cingrani nears return from DL

May 16th, 2018

MIAMI -- The news is positive for three Dodgers left-handed pitchers looking to get back on the mound, including ace , who continues to cautiously progress toward a return.

Rehabbing from left biceps tendinitis that put him on the 10-day disabled list on May 6, Kershaw threw from 60 feet on Tuesday and stretched it out to 90 feet before Wednesday's game against the Marlins. All signs point to continued progress.

"He threw the ball really well," manager Dave Roberts said. "He ramped up the intensity. It's encouraging the progress he's made. I'm not sure what the plan is for tomorrow. He may be off tomorrow. But today was really good."

Roberts also confirmed that Rich Hill will make his scheduled start on Saturday in Washington.

"Rich is on for Saturday, ready to go, staying on rotation," Roberts said.

Hill exited his last start early with a left middle finger blister.

In addition, Tony Cingrani (left shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session and is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day DL on Saturday. The lefty reliever has a 5.79 ERA over 14 innings in 18 appearances. He has struck out 22 and walked four.

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. "But I think this weather, with the heat, is conducive to that. I'm encouraged right now."

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. He added that he doesn't see Kershaw throwing off a mound this week.

"It's doubtful," Roberts said.

So is a rehab assignment, which Kershaw isn't a fan of.

"I know Clayton doesn't love the rehab, so we'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Roberts said.