Kershaw still a possibility to pitch Sunday

September 22, 2012

CINCINNATI -- Clayton Kershaw remains a possibility to pitch on Sunday in the Dodgers' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.

"He's still in play," Manager Don Mattingly said.

Kershaw, who is trying to come back from a hip injury, did on Saturday what he usually does in days before starts: He worked out and studied video.

A day earlier, Kershaw threw a 20-pitch bullpen session.

Kershaw wouldn't say whether he was aiming to start on Sunday.

"I'm preparing myself to start," Kershaw said. "I don't know when."

Noting that Dodgers management and the team medical staff will assess whether the potential rewards of starting Kershaw outweigh the risks, Mattingly said, "It's got to be a bigger decision than just me saying OK.”

Mattingly said he guessed the Dodgers' place in the standings could factor into the decision. The Dodgers started the day two days behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second of two wild-card spots.

If Kershaw doesn’t pitch on Sunday, Aaron Harang is expected to take the mound on three days’ rest.

-Dylan Hernandez