"He made his case, as he always does," said manager Dave Roberts. "We're putting him in the best chance for success and health. You consider all the factors, got a lot of thoughts and opinions by people more qualified than I am, and you make a decision."
Roberts said Kershaw will throw four innings or 60 pitches for OKC. A Saturday start means Kershaw would return to the Dodgers no sooner than next Thursday's day game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
The club believes Kershaw will need only one rehab start.
Kershaw has pitched in one MLB game since May 1. He went on the disabled list after that game with left biceps tendinitis. He came back for one start May 31, then went back on the DL with a lower back strain.
• The Dodgers summoned Brock Stewart to Chicago as the 26th man for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.