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Watch: Clayton Kershaw barks at Dansby Swanson for being slow getting into box

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Clayton Kershaw is one of the few dominant pitchers in baseball who like to work very quickly, and Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson appeared to be doing his best to disrupt that on Wednesday night. Needless to say, Kershaw did not appreciate it.

With the Braves trailing 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Swanson stepped out of the box during his at-bat against Kershaw and took quite a while to step back in. That led to an obviously frustrated Kershaw walking off the mound before telling Swanson “let’s go.”

The time Swanson took to collect himself didn’t work, as he struck out on a nasty curveball from Kershaw one pitch later.

Major League Baseball is still exploring the idea of implementing a pitch clock in an attempt to shorten the length of games, and the exchange between Kershaw and Swanson was a reminder that the same type of clock might be needed for the hitter. We’ve already seen some rule changes to speed up play that aren’t that popular among players, but all ideas to shorten games should be on the table.

Clayton Kershaw has funny reason for Dodgers showing up early to ballpark

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers players have fallen into a nice habit this season of showing up to the ballpark plenty early on game day, and Clayton Kershaw has an entertaining theory about why that has been the case.

Kershaw told reporters on Tuesday that the 2019 Dodgers, as a whole, arrive earlier to the ballpark than any team he has been a part of. When asked if that proves they are determined to win a championship and are working harder than ever, Kershaw said he thinks it’s just because most of them want free food.

Even if some guys are just looking for a free lunch, showing up early is always a good thing. It’s also worth noting that Yasiel Puig now plays for a different team, and we all know how much trouble he had getting to Dodger Stadium on time. That probably brought the average time of arrival a bit earlier for the team as a whole.

Clayton Kershaw to make another rehab start

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw will make another rehab start before being cleared to return to the big club.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday that Kershaw would make another rehab start but they are not sure yet whether it will be in Oklahoma City (Triple-A) or Tulsa (Double-A).

Kershaw battled shoulder injuries in spring training, which led him to miss Opening Day and begin the season rehabbing. He made his first rehab start on Thursday in Oklahoma City and threw in the upper-80s and hit 90 mph. The southpaw seems on schedule to return to the Dodgers this month.

Dodgers manager provides update on Clayton Kershaw’s progress

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The Los Angeles Dodgers still have not set a target date for when Clayton Kershaw will return to the starting rotation, but it sounds like the left-hander continues to trend in the right direction.

Kershaw made a rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night, and the velocity on his fastball hovered around 90 mph. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts described that on Friday as a “tick up” from where Kershaw was in his bullpen sessions during spring training.

Kershaw might make another rehab start, but it sounds like he is not all that far from returning to the major league club.

The Dodgers are obviously playing things safe with their ace, as all of the recent updates we have heard about him lately have been positive. It would be a surprise if he was not back in LA by the end of the month.

Clayton Kershaw makes first rehab start

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw made his first rehab start as he works to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation.

Kershaw is currently on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his left shoulder. On Thursday, he took the next step in his rehab process with a start at Triple-A in which he pitched into the fifth inning.

Kershaw’s velocity was reported to be consistently in the upper 80s during his outing.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated earlier this week Kershaw would likely make two rehab start before returning to Los Angeles.

In 26 starts last season, Kershaw went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Prior to this season, Kershaw had made eight consecutive Opening Day starts for the Dodgers.

Dave Roberts: Clayton Kershaw in ‘really good spot’ physically

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw appears to be steadily progressing toward a season debut as he fights off nagging left shoulder issues.

Kershaw is set to throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday, and manager Dave Roberts offered a very positive assessment of his physical status.

Kershaw missed Opening Day after shoulder problems early in spring training pushed back much of his activity. He’s clearly on the right track now, and it seems it will only be a matter of time before he takes the mound for the Dodgers in his season debut.

Dodgers confirm Clayton Kershaw will not start on Opening Day

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have not seemed overly concerned about the shoulder soreness Clayton Kershaw has dealt with for a few weeks, but we now know it is serious enough that the left-hander will not be ready to pitch on Opening Day.

On Monday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kershaw will not be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Roberts said any of LA’s other starters could potentially take the ball in Kershaw’s place. That includes Walker Buehler, who has also been battling an injury but will make his first start of spring training on Wednesday.

Kershaw was shut down last month after complaining of arm discomfort following one of his bullpen sessions, and he has since begun throwing again. He made it threw a bullpen session last week without any setbacks, so it’s possible the Dodgers are just playing things safe.

Kershaw has not thrown more than 200 innings in a season since 2016, and his velocity was way down last year. Despite that, he still finished with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts, and the Dodgers felt confident enough in his health to sign him to a three-year, $93 million extension back in November. He has downplayed the latest issues with his shoulder, but Dodgers fans will feel uneasy until he is cleared to start.