Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who hasn't made a start since shutting down the Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22, is nearing his return from the disabled list. Kershaw (back) has made a pair of minor-league rehab starts, and Alanna Rizzo tweets that the lefty will throw a bullpen session in Miami. Provided all goes well, he'll be activated in time to start Monday against the Nationals.
Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215-million contract extension this past offseason, has reeled off four straight seasons of at least 200 innings and 200 strikeouts and ERAs no higher than 2.91. The 26-year-old has two Cy Youngs to his credit. He's likely to bump Paul Maholm from the current Dodger rotation.