Before Clayton Kershaw joined Brian Dozier at the Winter Meetings on Monday, the Dodgers ace began his off-season throwing program. Kershaw is hoping he will stay in good health during the winter as reported by Andy McCullough of the LA Times.

The 28-year-old pitcher was placed on the disabled list on July 1 due to herniated disc. Below is the journey of his injury:

August 3, 2016 – Dodgers transferred Kershaw from 15-day DL to 60-day DL

September 3, 2016- Dodgers sent Kershaw on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

He returned to the club on Sept. 9 to regain his spot as the Dodgers No. 1 starter. In the month of September, Kershaw had a 0.86 ERA with a 1-1 record.

Kershaw had a 2-1 record in the 2016 postseason and received his first save in a remarkable Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

“It didn’t hurt today,” Kershaw said Monday during the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.”So that was good.”

McCullough also reported that Kershaw changed his routine to “reduce strain and improve his functionality.”

Dodgers former manager, Joe Torre, and Kershaw have addressed about Kershaw’s opportunity to represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic that begins in March. However, he is not sure that he is ready to participate in the games.

“Even though I am 100% healthy, I don’t want to put the team in a bad spot,” he said. “I haven’t talked to anyone about it, to be honest. I don’t know.”

Kershaw knows that it is a honor to be a part to represent his country in the game he loves to play but playing with the Dodgers injury-free for the 2017 season is also important.

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