Finally, some positive steps forward for Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw threw some tosses at spring training on Friday, emerging without anything negative really arising. While details are scarce, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that manager Dave Roberts said he’s pretty encouraged following the ‘outing’.
Roberts said Kershaw told him he threw at 80 percent and felt good. “We’re pretty encouraged,” Roberts said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 2, 2019
Furthermore, Alanna Rizzo says that Kershaw will get more work in on Saturday.
Roberts told me that Clayton Kershaw will play catch again tomorrow. He threw out about 80% today. Will likely throw at closer to 100% tomorrow. Said he felt good after today’s catch session. All good signs.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 2, 2019
After Kershaw’s last session of playing catch, reports said that he ‘didn’t feel great’ and his activity was shut down. Updates since that time have been a string of tweets that haven’t provided comfort.
Equally important – the MLB.com article from Gurnick confirmed that Kershaw has not yet had an MRI. Still, until he has a full clean bill of health; the Dodgers must act operatively in a contingency plan. That plan is life without Kershaw.
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In the event that Kershaw cannot go on Opening Day, Walker Buehler would assume the role. Buehler has been ‘slow played’ by the Dodgers’ staff, a term that indicates they are backing off his relative workload in the early going.
The Dodgers need to continue to hope that Kershaw progresses as steadily as Corey Seager, for example.
In the offseason Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million dollar extension to keep him in Los Angeles. Things have gotten off to a shaky start in this new coupe – but we are in the early going.