Clayton Kershaw may be one of the greatest pitchers to play the game of baseball, but he’s human like the rest of us. The Dodgers’ lefty recently talked about getting ready for the season and the difficulties that have come with it.
Making an appearance on the very popular Big Swing podcast, Kershaw talked with Ross Stripling and Cooper Surles about what he’s been doing to stay in shape. Kershaw has been throwing to hitters at Dallas Baptist University, and apparently it has not been going all that well. The Dodgers’ legend mostly (maybe?) joked about his throwing experiences so far.
There’s some guys that played there that play in the minor leagues that they hit against us every week. Dude, I threw two innings last week and I was exhausted. It was so hard…I’m getting shelled Strip. I’m getting absolutely shelled. These guys are hitting missiles off of me right and left. It’s very humbling.
The truth is, Kershaw is probably more joking about this than anything. He also did not clarify, but these college kids probably were not using wood bats. The Dodgers’ southpaw does have a leg up on most other pitchers though, as many have not had the luxury of throwing to live hitters during this quarantine period.
Kershaw was having a really good looking Spring Training with the Dodgers before things got shut down. With an offseason that featured Driveline workouts, Kershaw tossed 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out eight. He also allowed just two hits in the process of his two scoreless outings.
As it stands, Kershaw is slated to be the number two guy right behind Walker Buehler for the 2020 season. David Price will likely slot in somewhere behind him, though Dave Roberts could change up that order to balance out the other four left-handed pitchers in the rotation.