Clayton Kershaw (back) said today's throwing session was "definitely a step forward." He wasn't cutting loose, velocity around 70 mph.
Baby steps to greatness; that's what it's all about right now. The Dodgers are going to do everything they can to keep the rehab moving but not too quickly that it could cause any discomfort or setbacks. He will be re-evaluated after a submaximal rehab program that would conclude in the third week of April and from there the medical staff and trainers will determine just how close he is to returning to the majors. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Roberto Osuna (back) is available out of the bullpen Monday.
Osuna was complaining about some lower back pain after coming on in relief Sunday, but says he will be available if needed. Osuna has been outstanding this year and could be the solution to the Blue Jays' closer issue. He owns a 2.02 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings and is in the top 30 of the majors in strikeout rate with a 43:10 K/BB ratio. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Dodgers transfer LHP Paco Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list.
This move allows the Dodgers to bring up Eric Surkamp for tonight's bullpen game. Rodriguez, who last pitched for the Dodgers on May 29, will be out at least 8-10 weeks until September after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. He pitched four scoreless innings in a recent rehab assignment but suffered a setback and will now be sidelined even longer than expected. He has a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Analysis: Zack Carpenter