Clayton Kershaw throws 40-pitch bullpen session at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium and could face live hitters in a 60-pitch simulated game before the week is over.

Kershaw, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back, said he “felt fine” sitting down between his simulated innings in the bullpen.

“That was the hard part for me before, sitting down in-between innings,” he said. “Just not very comfortable to sit. Definitely a positive step there, sitting down, not even thinking about it.”

Kershaw threw a 25-pitch bullpen Saturday in Cincinnati, his first time off a mound since he was temporarily shut down from throwing in July.

Kershaw is expected to need a minor league rehab assignment sometime in the next week or two before he is activated from the DL. Manager Dave Roberts said “we talked about potentially two (rehab games). It became one.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.