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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Pacing Well Ahead of Schedule



Just a few games into Spring Training and fans are anxious to find out when Clayton Kershaw will be getting into games. After a few years of uncertainty in Cactus League action, the most important thing for him is to get to Opening Day healthy. 

The good news is that Kershaw did throw a bullpen and is still on track. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that he will get into games soon. The current plan is to get him throwing within the next 3 days, but he could not say what that would look like. 

I don’t know if he’s going to face hitters again or if in 3 days he’s going to be in a game. I think we’re still talking about that making sure Clayton feels good coming off of his bullpen and right now I don’t know that answer. But I expect to see him soon in a Cactus League game. 

Roberts also offered some encouraging news in that he believed Kershaw right now is much better off than he was a year ago. Dodgers fans will always be happy to hear that the veteran southpaw is in a good place physically, as it has been an issue in past spring camps. 

During the 2020 season, Kershaw left Summer Camp healthy right up until Opening Day. He was a scratch the day of the first game with a back issue that landed him on the injured list. The Dodgers were forced to go with Dustin May as a few guys ran into setbacks. 

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As of now, the assumption is that Kershaw will get his 9th Opening Day start for the Dodgers this April. It would also be the first time he was healthy enough to make that start since 2018. Things could change, but it would make the most sense if he remains on track. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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