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Kershaw Down But Not Out, 2019 Cactus League Action, RIP Newk | This Week in Dodgers Nation

Field seating at Camelback Ranch. Glendale, AZ.

The week was really headlined by the signing of Manny Machado… with the Padres. After an entire offseason, plus a little extra, one of the twin-billing top free agents found a new home when Machado and San Diego agreed to a 10 year, $300M deal. The deal includes an opt-out at year 5.

The signing closed and locked the door on the slight reunion possibility between Manny and the Dodgers. The signing also meant that the competition got ever so slightly better down south.

But that might not matter for long as our Tim Rogers pointed out. Baseball is heading toward a work stoppage.

In more positive news (depending on which side you’re on), Dave Roberts said that the Dodgers wont be platooning as much in 2019.

One guy that could have been in the mix wont be showing up to camp any time soon.

The most questionable news that hit this week was on comments made by former Dodger Yasiel Puig.


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The Kershaw Power Hour

GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

 

Out of a rainy Camelback Ranch, Clayton Kershaw was the cause of the most concern as days after he was announced as the opening day starter, he was sent home from camp and is said to be dealing with “not feeling right.”

Luckily, the prognosis for Kershaw is looking pretty good. Enough so that our Megan took a look at the potential next 10 years of Clayton.

Living in the now, with Kershaw unavailable, and rain having pushed back his work, Rich Hill took the mound for the Cactus League opener at Camelback Ranch.

On the day of the opener, there was a notable player missing from action as Cody Bellinger was held out from workouts.

In somber news, Dodger legend Don Newcombe passed away. Our Marshall spoke on how big of a loss this is for the club, and the game of baseball. The Dodgers announced how they will honor him this upcoming season.

With news of Kershaw on all our minds, Marshall was back at it and opined that more than Machado, this player might be the biggest missed opportunity of the offseason.

And Walker Buehler spoke on the possibility of being the opening day starter.

Less Kershaw

Beyond the ailing ace, we learned more about the Dodgers new diet plan from coach dad.

Our Tim wonders if the Dodgers need to consider updating their number retirement policy.

Cody Bellinger missed the first two Cactus League games of the season.

See you in Arizona!

Baseball games are being played again and life is wonderful! The Dodgers are 2-0 on the young Cactus League season, and we at Dodgers Nation will be out at Camelback Ranch THIS weekend!

Stay tuned for live streams of Blue Heaven on Thursday, February 28, and Sunday March 3; plus way more action across our social media accounts.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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