Kershaw to make minor league rehab start in Oklahoma City

              Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin, whose normal position is catcher, is congratulated by Clayton Kershaw after closing out the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start in Oklahoma City in the next step of his return from shoulder inflammation.

The Triple-A Dodgers open their season on Thursday against San Antonio. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts joked that the rehab assignment will allow Kershaw to keep his opening-day streak alive.

Kershaw had been set to start the Dodgers’ big league opener last week for a franchise-record ninth consecutive season, but that got scuttled after the left-hander’s shoulder bothered him throughout spring training.

After Thursday, Kershaw and the team will decide whether he needs one more start before returning to the majors.