4/23/2014 3:20 A.M. ET
Kershaw teed up for rehab after 'pen session
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw an impressive bullpen session on Tuesday that should set him up for a Minor League rehab start with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
The Dodgers, however, have not announced the next step in Kershaw's recovery from a strained teres major muscle that put him on the disabled list after his Opening Night win in Australia.
Kershaw threw all of his pitches, including lively fastballs and sharp breaking balls. A.J. Ellis, two weeks after going on the disabled list with left knee surgery, caught the session and gave a simple endorsement to the left-hander's soundness that spoke volumes.
"He looked normal," said Ellis.
Before the session, Ellis threw to second base from the plate for the first time since the operation and said he feels better than he has all year for all baseball activities except running, which is now his final hurdle.
Ellis said he suggested joining Kershaw to catch the first rehab assignment, with Kershaw hitting and the designated hitter batting for Ellis.
Shaken-up Gordon passes concussion test
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon passed a concussion test after being removed from Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia at the end of the seventh inning.
Gordon had hustled for a double and stole third with a head-first slide, slamming his head into the knee of Phillies third baseman Jayson Nix.
Gordon rolled onto his back, was attended to briefly by trainer Stan Conte and remained in the game, scoring on Justin Turner's pinch-hit single to tie the game, 2-2.
For the top of the eighth inning, Turner took over for Gordon at second base, and reliever Brian Wilson came in for Gordon in a double-switch.
"We had to make a decision really quick with one infielder left, and I couldn't get my feet under me to stay in the game," said Gordon. "I'm good. I had a concussion test, and everything's good."
Manager Don Mattingly said Gordon looked "a little dazed" after scoring.
Tuesday was Gordon's 26th birthday. He celebrated with the double, a single and two stolen bases while batting in the seventh slot for the first time this year.
The double helped send the game into extra innings.
"I just saw it go into right-center and felt I need to be in scoring position and felt I could make it," he said of his legged-out double.
Gordon leads the Majors with 12 stolen bases.
Guerrero's Triple-A tear creates buzz
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly moved to dampen expectations for Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Albuquerque since returning from the disabled list.
Guerrero entered play for the Isotopes on Tuesday night batting .467 (14-for-30), with 11 extra-base hits and a 1.468 OPS. He's 6-for-8 against left-handed pitching.
But Mattingly reminded reporters that Guerrero is in the Minor Leagues to learn how to play second base.
"That kind of stuff doesn't happen overnight," he said. "Eight games, you're not going to see much difference in that amount of time."
Guerrero, signed to a four-year, $28 million deal, played shortstop exclusively until signing with the Dodgers last year.
Kershaws lead Dream Center event
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers wives have committed to a season-long series of outreach projects in conjunction with The Dream Center, a volunteer-driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.
On Tuesday, Clayton and Ellen Kershaw were joined by more than 30 season-ticket holders to help distribute groceries to 175 families in a Los Angeles community just south of Dodger Stadium.
Earlier this month, Dodgers wives participated in The Dream Center's Food Truck Outreach at 25 elementary school distribution sites.
Other events planned this year: Adopt A Block in May; GED Tutoring/Project Prevention in June; His Hands Extended clothing distribution in July; Back to School supply distribution in August; Serve24, serving food on Skid Row.
Fantasy Camp returns to Dodgertown in November
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers adult baseball camp will be held from Nov. 9-15 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., which is now owned by a group headed by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley.
"The Dodgers are delighted our fans will have the opportunity to interact with Dodger legends and experience the wonders of Historic Dodgertown at the adult baseball camp," Dodgers president Stan Kasten said. "Historic Dodgertown plays an integral role in the lore of Dodger baseball, and the camp will surely provide lasting memories for all participants."
"Historic Dodgertown has been the site of more than 50 adult baseball camps, and we are committed to making the Nov. 9-15 camp the most memorable ever," said O'Malley, chairman of Historic Dodgertown.
Included in the camp price are three meals per day; double occupancy lodging in one of Historic Dodgertown's newly designed villas; two authentic personalized Dodger jerseys, both home and road; a video of camp activities and team photo; an autographed baseball by the instructors and other Dodgers personnel in attendance; participation in a game between instructors and campers at Holman Stadium; a poolside cocktail party on the first day after check-in; and use of the fitness center and recreational facilities, including basketball and tennis courts and the competition-size swimming pool. The cost for this exclusive experience is $4,995 per person. For reservations or more information, please call toll free 844-670-2735 or visit historicdodgertown.com.
The first Dodgers adult baseball camp was held at Dodgertown in 1983. Today, Historic Dodgertown provides an all-encompassing experience as a year-round, multi-sport facility and conference center. It is located in Indian River County and near the sunny beaches of Florida's Treasure Coast. This past spring, baseball teams from South Korea, Canada, Italy and France utilized Historic Dodgertown's world-famous facilities
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.