While it isn’t in preparation for an Opening Day start – both Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw will be in action on Monday. Moreover, the pair are slated throw simulated game innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Anaheim Angels in the Freeway Series.
Bill Punkett of the OC Register provided this update on twitter.
Both Clayton Kershaw (2 IP) and Walker Buehler (5) will throw to hitters in sim-game situation before #Dodgers game in Anaheim Monday
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 23, 2019
Obviously, it’s not the grand update we would all like. Still, it’s positive that both pitchers are handling a baseball at this stage in the game. Naturally, it’s going to take some time to ramp-up and be ready to throw a big league game for both. Kershaw is further behind in the recovery process than Buehler – who could see his first start as the fourth man in the Dodgers rotation when the season begins.
Recently, we provided an update to the Dodgers’ starting rotation scramble. As a whole, we have to hope that reports emerge from Monday’s simulated game that both were going at 100 percent and using their full arsenal of pitches. Surely – if this occurs – good things are certain to follow.
Currently, Hyun-Jin Ryu will make the Opening Day start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28. From there, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, and Walker Buehler will handle things (as of press time). The fifth start is to be decided.
Continue to cross your fingers for the clean bill of health on both Kershaw and Buehler. If the Dodgers are going to get back to a third straight World Series – there are no two players more integral to that process.
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