Clayton Kershaw is set to make one more rehab start before returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup; a decision that hasn't gone down too well with the starting pitcher.
The left-hander has been on the disabled list since injuring his lower back in the Opening Day start against the Diamondbacks in Australia last month.
Kershaw has tried to get off the DL this week, but the Dodgers have decided to start him against Class AA Chattanooga Wednesday.
When asked if he was happy with the decision, Kershaw's reply was unequivocal.
"Not really," Kershaw told ESPN Sunday.
"I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something. It's what they want me to do."
Despite Kershaw's obvious discontent, it is all part of a masterplan for the Dodgers, who want him to count 80 pitches before he can return to the majors. The hope is that when he does return, he can go straight to 90-100 pitches.
Kershaw threw a bullpen session before the team's final game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, claiming afterwards that he felt normal. He was obviously vying for a start in the big leagues.
"That's the hard part," Kershaw said. "You want to pitch in a game when you feel healthy."
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