Dodgers Activate Ace from IL for Thursday's Start

The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting their ace back.

The club has activated starter Clayton Kershaw from the 15-day injured list. He's been out since August 5th with lower back pain.
Kershaw returns to the mound for the Dodgers on Thursday in the series finale against the New York Mets. The veteran pitcher did not require a rehab assignment but threw a successful 70-pitch simulated game over the weekend in Miami. 

Manager Dave Roberts initially said that the team would go to a six-man rotation ''for a couple weeks at the bare minimum'', to keep their starters stretched out. However, now that Tony Gonsolin was placed on the injured list for a couple weeks, it's unclear if that's still the plan. 

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The thirty-four-year-old has been his usual dominant self when healthy this season, posting a strong 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts over 85 innings. He holds a 7-3 record on the season. 
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