Dodgers injury update: Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller, Connor Brogdon

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Despite the fact that he's still expected to be on the IL into the late summer, Clayton Kershaw's presence has been a staple in the Dodgers dugout this season. He was the first one on the field on Opening Day, tossing in the outfield as part of his throwing progression, was caught comparing pitch grips with Yoshinobu Yamamoto in the dugout, and was there to celebrate Shohei Ohtani's first walk-off hit as a Dodger on Sunday evening.

It's a nice reminder that even though the Dodgers have been doing pretty well without Kershaw in the mix, he'll be back in just a few months to fortify the rotation even further. He's not just at Dodger Stadium to watch, though, and he was spotted before Saturday's game throwing from the mound, maybe not at full power but seemingly close to it.

Kershaw is still recovering from a shoulder surgery he underwent last November but, unlike a lot of other pitchers on the Dodgers IL, his progress has seemed refreshingly linear. In spring training, he estimated a late summer return to the mound, and throwing from the mound is a very reassuring sign.

Dodgers injury updates: Clayton Kershaw throwing from the mound, Bobby Miller close to a rehab assignment, Connor Brogdon to the 60-day IL

Bobby Miller's progress has also been pretty straightforward since he went onto the IL in mid-April with shoulder inflammation. An X-ray thankfully showed no signs of a surgery-necessitating injury, but Miller has been sidelined and working on a return for over a month now. Like Kershaw, he's moved to throwing off a mound, and will pitch a three-inning simulated game next before embarking on a rehab assignment, which will hopefully be much shorter than Walker Buehler's was before his return.

Connor Brogdon, who the Dodgers acquired from the Phillies on April 6, and who only managed to pitch a single inning for LA before getting hurt, was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day IL on Sunday, two weeks after he started a rehab assignment in Triple-A. The original issue was foot inflammation, and clearly he either wasn't as ready for rehab as the Dodgers thought. Either that, or getting back in action exacerbated the problem.

Brogdon gave up two home runs in the single inning he pitched before going onto the IL, so there hasn't been much for Dodgers fans to miss, but this does seem to indicate that the Dodgers' bullpen won't be stabilizing much anytime soon.