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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched off a mound on Friday afternoon for the first time since injuring his back on July 23. Sidelined with a lower back strain for the last three weeks, Kershaw indicated the session went “fine” after throwing about 35 pitches before a series opener against San Diego.

“It went better than fine for us,” manager Dave Roberts said. “For us to get out of it unscathed, to feel good about it, very good. He used his entire mix. Obviously with him, the execution piece, he always expects perfection out of himself, which is great.”

Kershaw is expected to throw another bullpen session within the next two to three days,...

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