As has been expected for quite a while, the Dodgers have officially activated ace Clayton Kershaw from the disabled list and he'll make the start Tuesday night in Washington D.C. Also of intrigue in their lineup is that outfielder Yasiel Puig is again out after crashing into the wall in Miami Sunday.
Kershaw, 26, made the start in the season-opener in Australia -- grabbing the victory after allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven -- but has been on the shelf since with a back injury. In two rehab starts, he posted a 1.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 ninings. He's won two of the past three NL Cy Youngs while leading the league in both ERA and WHIP in each of the past three seasons.
Needless to say, his return is welcome, especially in light of the injury to Hyun-jin Ryu, who will begin a throwing program Tuesday. The Dodgers have won 12 of Kershaw's last 16 regular-season starts.
Puig was said to have passed concussion tests but was still suffering from overall soreness in several areas of his body after this play Sunday:
Puig, 23, also missed Monday's game in D.C. He's hitting .309/.397/.500 (152 OPS+) on the season. The Dodgers will again go with the high-priced Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier alignment in the outfield, but Puig is the most productive of the bunch.