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Ryu set to return from DL early next week

Lefty likely to face Twins; Kershaw to stay on normal rest
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CHICAGO -- The Dodgers will keep ace Clayton Kershaw on normal rest and activate Hyun-Jin Ryu on the upcoming homestand, temporarily creating a six-man rotation, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday.

Speaking before Kershaw's start against the White Sox, Roberts indicated that Kershaw will start Sunday against the Braves at home. Roberts said Ryu, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, will be activated to start either Monday or Tuesday against the Twins.

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CHICAGO -- The Dodgers will keep ace Clayton Kershaw on normal rest and activate Hyun-Jin Ryu on the upcoming homestand, temporarily creating a six-man rotation, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday.

Speaking before Kershaw's start against the White Sox, Roberts indicated that Kershaw will start Sunday against the Braves at home. Roberts said Ryu, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, will be activated to start either Monday or Tuesday against the Twins.

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Kershaw was given a breather after starting the final game before the All-Star break, a complete-game win over the Royals. With the break, Kershaw had nine days off before Tuesday's start.

"His next start is on turn, and we'll see how the schedule lines up after that," Roberts said. "At some point in time we will give him an extra day."

With Kershaw and Kenta Maeda pitching in Chicago, the Dodgers will start Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Kershaw against the Braves.

Ryu, injured by a line drive on June 28 in Anaheim, will throw a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday as a final tune-up, and will not make a Minor League rehab appearance. He also threw a simulated game last Friday in Miami.

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"Ryu feels good, but now we've got to find a way to drop him in," Roberts said. "Early next week makes sense. A six-man rotation for an extended time, no. But we've done that at times before."

Roberts also said that left-handed reliever Grant Dayton, who has been on a Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga after straining his neck, will come off the disabled list by the weekend.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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