Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took a step closer to returning to the rotation.  The left-hander, who has been battling arm issues all spring, made a rehab start in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Kershaw wasn’t exactly on top of his game.  He threw 61 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out six.

Kershaw’s fastball sat in the upper 80s, touching 90 a handful times.  Not exactly a show ready heater. 

After the game, Kershaw said he felt good, but will probably have another rehab start before joining the Dodgers.

If you’re a Dodgers fan it’s good to see Kershaw was able to pitch in a game and feel good afterwards.  But his fastball sitting in the upper 80s has to be a little concerning to say the least.  

It looks like his age and injuries have caught up with him and this could be the beginning of the end for the once dominant lefty.

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