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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dark, Existential Reality of Pitching Is Here For Clayton Kershaw | SI.com

For most people, the experience [of aging] is one of gradual diminuendo, small bargains with yourself. It’s one of feeling fine, feeling invincible, until suddenly, you don’t—suddenly, your back starts to hurt every once in a while; suddenly, you get a hangover after just two beers. You don’t quit, of course. You just make necessary adjustments. (And some people make them better than others.) A pitcher loses velocity. We measure, in excruciating detail, just how much of himself he isn’t. He adjusts—until, finally, one day, there are no more adjustments left for him to make.

Dark contemplations on Clayton Kershaw’s first start back.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Thursday, April 11, 2019

MLB notebook: Kershaw set for return to Dodgers

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw came out of Tuesday’s rehab start healthy and his next appearance will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.

Kershaw will start either Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers or on Monday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers ace, working his way back after dealing with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, threw six innings on Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa. He gave up five hits and two runs — both on home runs — in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Friday, April 05, 2019

Kershaw gives up 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings in OKC rehab outing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 61 pitches against the San Antonio Missions, a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate. Oklahoma City trailed 2-0 when Kershaw was pulled in the top of the fifth. He earned a no-decision.

“Good first step and kind of got through everything I needed to, got up to that fifth inning,” Kershaw said. “Got some guys on base, worked out of the stretch, did multiple different things. So it was a good day.”

So, is this a good, bad, or indifferent performance by Kershaw’s usual standards?

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, rehab

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

MLB notebook: Dodgers’ Kershaw to make rehab start

Clayton Kershaw’s run of eight straight Opening Day starts ended due to left shoulder inflammation.

However, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace will have a different type of Opening Day assignment when he makes a rehab start at Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Kershaw was cleared to make the start after throwing a bullpen session on Monday, and the rehab appearance just happens to be the Triple-A club’s season opener against San Antonio.

Los Angeles will see how Kershaw performs on Thursday before deciding the next move. Considering normal rest, the three-time Cy Young winner possibly could make his first major league start of the year on April 9 against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

If Oklahoma City doesn’t work, will he see either Amarillo or Gallup, New Mexico?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, rehab

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MLB notebook: Kershaw will miss Opening Day start

For the first time since 2010, Clayton Kershaw won’t be the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The left-hander, who has started a club-record eight straight openers, was ruled out of the March 28 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to the persistent shoulder inflammation he has dealt with all spring. He has yet to pitch in a spring training game.

“When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’s going to pitch for us,” said manager Dave Roberts, adding that it was unlikely Kershaw will begin the season on the active roster.

Roberts didn’t announce an Opening Day starter on Monday, but right-hander Walker Buehler is definitely in the mix. The last Opening Day starter for the Dodgers not named Kershaw was Vicente Padilla in 2010.

Fourth season with injury issues in a row- wondering if this means the decline phase is beginning…..

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, opening day

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw ‘didn’t feel great’ after playing catch

Why no MRI yet?

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided an update on Clayton Kershaw’s status Monday, and it was a mixed bag.

Roberts told reporters that Kershaw “didn’t feel great” after playing catch. He also noted that Kershaw’s mysterious injury hasn’t yet prompted an MRI.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dealing with arm injury early in spring training

The start to spring training in Arizona has mainly consisted of rain and grey skies. For the Dodgers, it’s been even worse than the weather.

Clayton Kershaw is shutting it down after not feeling right in his latest live bullpen session on Monday. There is currently no timetable for when the Dodgers ace will continue throwing.

Regarding the extent of the injury, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Kershaw not throwing more of a “re-set” than anything else on Friday.

And so it begins….

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arm injuries, clayton kershaw, spring training

Friday, November 02, 2018

Clayton Kershaw contract news

Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

MLB hot stove: Should Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and test free agency?

It has been two days since Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers fell to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. The Dodgers have now lost back-to-back World Series and Kershaw has allowed 16 runs in 26 2/3 career innings in the Fall Classic. Not great.

Offseason deadlines come quickly, so although the World Series just ended, Kershaw has to make an important contract decision this week. Specifically, he has to decide whether to opt out of the remaining two years and $65 million on his contract. The deadline to do so is 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

“I haven’t made the decision yet,” Kershaw said when asked about the opt-out following Sunday’s Game 5 loss. “We have three days to talk, between us and the Dodgers, see what happens. And then we’ll go from there ... I think we’ll have some conversations, for sure.”

Betteridge’s law of headlines rides again.

QLE Posted: October 30, 2018 at 11:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, free agency, opt-outs

Monday, October 29, 2018

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


 

 

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