MLB

Dodgers ace Kershaw rejoins team to continue comeback

CINCINNATI (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw missed his teammates so much that he flew from Los Angeles to Cincinnati just to work out with them.

The injured left-hander threw on flat ground Friday before their game against the Reds, the last step before he throws off a mound in the bullpen for the first time in more than a month.

Kershaw has been sidelined since June 26 with a herniated disk.

More from FoxSports

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and 2014 Most Valuable Player is expected to pitch off a mound Saturday for the first time since throwing in a simulated game on July 16. That step followed an aggressive rehab program and aggravated his symptoms, leading to a complete shutdown.

Kershaw, who was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA when he was injured, is optimistic he'll have better results this time.