Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, speaking for the first time since doctors examined the back problem that landed the All-Star on the disabled list, said Wednesday that he’s confident he’ll be in the rotation by September if not sooner, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season, but Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys I definitely would like at least a few before October,” Kershaw said. “I don’t see that being a problem.”

Beyond his merely returning, the Dodgers have to be concerned about how effective Kershaw (15-2, 2.04 ERA) will be after an extended absence and only weeks before the start of the postseason.

After a long absence last year with a disk problem, Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers on Sept. 9, making five starts to prepare for the playoffs. He went 2-1 in four postseason starts and recorded a save in his lone relief appearance, but his ERA was 4.44, almost three times his regular-season ERA (1.69) and his WHIP grew from .88 to 1.15.

Kershaw on Wednesday wouldn’t say whether last year’s program left him ready for the postseason.

Bucks (21-24) at Raptors (28-18), 7:30 p.m. ET — Toronto desperately needs a win after dropping five straight, though it will be without All-Star starting guard DeMar DeRozan, who is still Cheap NBA Jerseys From China suffering from an ankle injury. Milwaukee has an All-Star starter of its own in Giannis Antetokounmpo, but can’t seem to win close games.