All-Star left-hander Clayton Kershaw is expected to face hitters in a simulated game Monday and could return for the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers as early as next weekend.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who hasn't pitched since June 27 because of left shoulder soreness, threw a bullpen session Friday before the Dodgers opened a three-game series at the AL West-leading Texas Rangers with a 11-5 victory.

"It was upwards of 40 pitches, really good, competitive 'pen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.