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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw cleared to play catch; timetable for return still not public

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw cleared to play catch; timetable for return still not public

Clayton Kershaw wore a smile as he hustled into the dugout of Dodger Stadium on Wednesday morning. He had just completed what was his first game of catch — “as far as you know,” he said, with a grin — since he received an epidural injection for the herniated disk in his back on June 29.

The Dodgers have not revealed a timetable for Kershaw’s return, and are not expected to do so as he convalesces from his injury. But Manager Dave Roberts indicated the team had cleared him to throw a baseball ahead of schedule.

“This is a little early,” Roberts said before Wednesday’s series...

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