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Kershaw Throws A Successful Bullpen Session

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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)

Another day, another updated on the Dodgers potential Opening Dat starter Clayton Kershaw. After a few weeks of being limited to flat ground throwing, Calyton Kershaw finally took the hill to throw his first bullpen session since his shoulder discomfort.

Kershaw ended up throwing a total of 20 pitches, all of which were fastballs. Twenty pitches may not seem like much, but it is huge when you consider how slow this process has been for him. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt had plenty of good things to say about Kershaw’s session.

Eighty percent effort for a guy that looked like he might not make the Opening Day roster is pretty amazing. We will have to wait and see how he feels in the following days, the Dodgers could still potentially have Clayton Kershaw starting on Opening Day. It’s a longshot, but not impossible.

Honeycutt also noted that the team would not rush him back into action. He also would not say when he felt that he would be ready to throw in an actual game. Including today’s game, there are only 16 games left between now and opening day. With just over two weeks to go, it will be a tight window to make. The sentiment of not rushing Kershaw back has been echoed across many fans, but they have to feel encouraged by what they are seeing.

Kershaw will throw another bullpen in a few more days according to Honeycutt, who was very encouraged by this first step.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. As I mentioned a week ago, if Kershaw gets to 50 pitches in spring training, he gets the Opening Day start and the record, which is something they want him to obtain.

  2. If you look at the calendar and pencil in when Clayton will throw and progress from bullpen( session to live batting practice to a 1-2 inning start and then a 3-4 inning start, figure 3-4 days in between each session, there’s no way he’s ready to pitch on opening day! Especially if they don’t rush him. I just don’t see logistically how it’s possible.

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