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.”
Clayton Kershaw Really Hates Dansby Swanson taking forever to get in the box. ????
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.
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.
Clayton Kershaw said the 2019 Dodgers, as a group, arrive earlier to the ballpark than any other team he has played on.
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.
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.
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.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw sat 88-91 mph with his fastball last night — “a tick up” from where he was in bullpen sessions and sim games this spring
Kershaw might make another rehab start, but it sounds like he is not all that far from returning to the major league club.
If Kershaw makes 2d rehab start, would likely be with OKC #Dodgers again. Roberts: "Knowing Clayton he's going to want as much competition as he can get so I would assume OKC depending on logisitics and where they're at." OKC plays in Omaha mid-week when Kershaw would go again
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 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.
OK. Now Kershaw's night is over after getting an out in the fifth inning. 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. 61 pitches.
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.
Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) is set to throw a 3-inning simulated game on Saturday, #Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Team still hasn’t set a timetable for Kershaw’s first @MLB start this year, but Roberts said, “He’s in a really good spot right now physically.” @MLBNetwork
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.
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.
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw will not start Opening Day Dave Roberts says definitively. “When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’ll pitch for us.”
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.