MLB notes: Dodgers' Kershaw could return Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who hasn't pitched since Opening Day, could return Monday....

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who hasn't pitched since Opening Day, could return Monday. (USA Today)

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If Clayton Kershaw passes a final test when he joins the Los Angeles Dodgers in Miami, the Cy Young Award-winning southpaw will make his first start since Opening Day on Monday.

The Dodgers play at the Washington Nationals next week, when Kershaw would likely be activated.

Kershaw is scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Marlins Park after two rehab outings went off without a hitch.

Kershaw, who was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his back after his Opening Day start in Australia last month, started Wednesday for double-A Chattanooga and was given a clean bill of health.

The Dodgers wanted him to push his pitch count to around 80 before Kershaw return to the majors.

Kershaw threw a bullpen Sunday before the team's final game against the Colorado Rockies and said he felt normal.

ORIOLES ACTIVATE MACHADO

Manny Machado may be back in business for the Baltimore Orioles.

The third baseman was activated off the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Machado had been on the DL since late March due to left knee surgery he underwent last October.

The 21-year-old was expected to be activated sooner but the Orioles had been rained out of their last two games.

Machado went 8-for-12 with four doubles in three rehab games in single-A.

In 156 games last season, he hit .283 with 14 homers and 71 RBI, and lead the American League with 51 doubles.

REDS SHUT DOWN CINGRANI

Tony Cingrani is headed to the disabled list.

The Cincinnati Reds’ left handed pitcher struggled Thursday night against the Cubs, going just four innings, and was placed on the DL with shoulder tendinitis.

Cingrani has struggled with his control and fastball velocity recently, after posting a 3.34 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 innings this season.

This is the second injury to sideline the 24-year-old, as he missed time with a back injury last season.

The Reds have called up reliever Curtis Partch from triple-A in the meantime to replace Cingrani.

SIPP SIGNS WITH ASTROS

Tony Sipp is trading in San Diego for Houston.

The left-handed pitcher asked the San Diego Padres for a release to allow him to sign a major-league contract with the Houston Astros, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Sipp signed a minor-league deal with the Padres during spring training this year, and has been in triple-A all this season.

The 30-year-old leftie threw 15 innings with a 4.30 ERA in triple-A.

Sipp, a Mississippi native, has played with the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching 258 innings and putting up a 3.84 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning.


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