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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Has Positive Comments On Kershaw Recovery

Clayton Kershaw is making progress. Moreover, these comments were reflected by manager Dave Roberts on Sunday before the Dodgers’ spring training contest at Camelback Ranch.

Equally important – the Dodgers Nation crew was front and center for Roberts’ interview. Here’s a tidbit of what Roberts had to say.

The skipper truly sounds upbeat, which is something to be happy about.

“Clayton is just going to play catch, stretch it out, ramp up the intensity. And he feels good. Every day since that last Monday, with some of the rest that we have built in; he’s in a good place. So hopefully today he comes out of it feeling good.”

This piggybacks a report from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, which had some positive outlook after Kershaw played catch for the first time.

“Clayton said he let it go about 80 percent and he felt good, he felt strong,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Tomorrow we’re going to stretch him out some more as far as length and intensity. In talking to him today, we’re pretty encouraged.”

Furthermore, we aren’t talking about a pitcher who is ready to go out and throw 90 or 100 pitches in a regular season game. Progress is measured in baby steps, as it should be with your ace pitcher who is recovering from any injury. Still, it’s good that these comments cannot be construed as anything but positive.


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This isn’t a headline story around baseball, yet. However, it’s important that we track the daily progress of Kershaw as we head towards Opening Day. In terms of Dodgers baseball, few stories will be more impactful this March.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Just don’t rush him and have him ready after the all star break. Remember he is our 30 million dollar pitcher and I rather we go full force if we are still in it come October. Andrew Friedman wanted the kids to step up, well he got what he wanted.

    It’s time for Urias To step up and Alvarez because Kershaw needs more time and don’t need our kids to learn under the microscope of the playoffs but during the season to build that confidence

  2. Now Roberts says that he will probably not be ready for opening day, but is “trending in the right direction”. Somewhere along the line Roberts learned to talk like a politician. I just hope Ferris is 100%, because he is now the man.

    • I agree with your thoughts Gary Granade. I fear Kershaw has major shoulder problems, otherwise they would at least have him throw, correct me if I’m way off Dodger fans.

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