With all the rumors and speculation surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw got a bit lost in the shuffle.
The reigning NL MVP was scratched from his start and right-hander Mike Bolsinger was given the nod against the Oakland Athletics. Bolsinger allowed two runs in five innings, but was not a factor in the final decision. The Dodgers saw the A’s score four in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead before scoring five in the bottom half to take an 8-6 lead. They eventually won, 10-7.
Manager Don Mattingly named Kershaw as his Friday starter in the opening game of the Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Before Wednesday night’s matchup, Kershaw briefly talked about the issue that caused him to miss his scheduled start. “Hips a little sore. A lot of off days right now, so just pushing it back a couple days,” Kershaw said.
The Dodgers had Monday off and have Thursday before their interleague matchup this weekend. Kershaw last pitched on Thursday in New York and threw an 11-strikeout, complete game shutout. He currently holds a 29 inning scoreless streak and has won his last three starts.
While he missed the game on Wednesday, Kershaw was asked about his third annual PingPong4Purpose event scheduled for Thursday and the left-hander was upset that he was going to have to sit out. “I think I will have to sit some ping pong out and just be a spectator. That’s probably the smart thing to do,” the Dodger ace said.
Kershaw’s event will be held at Dodger Stadium and combines his teammates with other athletes and celebrities in a ping pong tournament for his charity, Kershaw’s Challenge.
Friday night’s matchup will be one for the fans, as both reigning MVP winners will be on the field at the same time.