Clayton Kershaw threw a short bullpen session Friday, raising the possibility he could pitch for the Dodgers in their series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Long before Great American Ball Park was open to fans, Kershaw threw 20 pitches in the visiting bullpen under the watch of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, medical director Stan Conte, trainer Sue Falsone and Manager Don Mattingly.

Kershaw missed his last turn in the rotation because of a right hip injury and visited an orthopedic surgeon in New York on Tuesday.

Mattingly wouldn't speculate when Kershaw might be able to pitch again, but also wouldn't rule out him for Sunday. Aaron Harang is scheduled to pitch that day on three-days' rest, something he hasn't done in more than four years.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow," Mattingly said.

Kershaw has been told he wouldn't do any further damage to his hip by pitching, but the Dodgers won't allow him to take the mound unless he is free of pain.

Kershaw said he felt "great" on the mound, but, like Mattingly, wouldn't say whether he thought he could pitch Sunday.

"Any time your team's in the race, you definitely want to be a part of it," Kershaw said. "It's not easy to just sit on the sidelines and watch, but I'm hopeful I can come back at some point. Hopefully, it's not too late."

Kershaw hasn't pitched since Sept. 11, but he has continued throwing on flat ground and doesn't think he has lost arm strength.

He declined to talk about his injury. The Dodgers also haven't offered many details, including whether he might have to undergo surgery.