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.
Dave Roberts says he feels good about the status of Clayton Kershaw. pic.twitter.com/UH2iHJpflT
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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.