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Articles tagged: Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw may not be ready for Opening Day due to shoulder issues

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Clayton Kershaw appears to be moving past the shoulder issues that have set him back in spring training, but they may have slowed him down enough to keep him from being ready for Opening Day.

On Monday, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw may not have enough time to get ready for his previously slated Opening Day start after he was shut down for a bit due to nagging shoulder discomfort.

An Opening Day start is mostly a prestige thing, so there’s no sense in rushing Kershaw back just to make it. They have other options, one of which would be pretty dumbstruck by the honor, so they’ll take their time with Kershaw and ensure that he doesn’t pitch until he’s ready.

Dodgers will shut Clayton Kershaw down after poor throwing session

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The situation surrounding Clayton Kershaw’s troublesome throwing shoulder has officially become concerning.

Kershaw, who has been experiencing soreness in his left shoulder, “didn’t feel great” while playing catch on Monday, according to manager Dave Roberts, and added that Kershaw’s throwing program would again be put on hold indefinitely.

Despite the issues, Kershaw is still not slated for an MRI.

Kershaw hadn’t been worried about the situation when it flared up last week, and he probably isn’t now, but this isn’t a good sign. His throwing status, essentially, appears to be day-to-day.

Clayton Kershaw addresses latest injury concern

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Clayton Kershaw has had some nagging injuries in recent seasons, so you can understand why Los Angeles Dodgers fans were alarmed to hear that he is being shut down indefinitely after a bullpen session this week that did not go well. However, the left-hander insists it is not time to panic.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Friday that Kershaw “just didn’t feel right” after his Wednesday bullpen session. That immediately made people think of his balky back, but Roberts says the discomfort is not related to that.

Kershaw later spoke with the media, and he did not confirm nor deny that his back is bothering him. He instead downplayed whatever it is that is bothering him.

Kershaw has not thrown more than 200 innings in a season since 2016, and his velocity was way down over last year. Despite that, he still finished with a 2.73 ERA last season 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. There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe in February, but any issue Kershaw experiences is always going to lead to injury questions.

Roberts hints that Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day

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Walker Buehler may have emerged as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best pitcher last season, but he still has not surpassed Clayton Kershaw in status.

According to Dodgers.com reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts strongly hinted on Friday that Kershaw will be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Kershaw, 30, went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Buehler had similar numbers for the season but emerged in the second half and postseason as the team’s top pitcher. Based on consistency and career accomplishments, the honor still belongs to Kershaw, though Buehler is coming close to changing that.

Clayton Kershaw motivated to prove doubters wrong with new deal

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Clayton Kershaw will be a Los Angeles Dodger for at least three more seasons, and despite his many accomplishments, he has a lot of motivation to do even more.

The 30-year-old left-hander is well aware that some have argued that he’s a pitcher in decline, and he wants to put that speculation to rest now that his future definitely lies in Los Angeles.

Kershaw hasn’t been able to avoid the disabled list for three seasons running, and his record of underwhelming playoff performances continues to dog him, unfairly or not. Kershaw has shown his dedication to the Dodgers by taking a small pay cut, and he’ll want to stay healthy and pitch well in the playoffs to prove his worth.

Dodgers reach new three-year deal with Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw will remain a Los Angeles Dodger.

The veteran left-hander agreed to a three-year, $93 million deal with the Dodgers. That works out to $31 million a year, plus even higher bonuses.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted, this is actually a drop in Kershaw’s average annual value, but he gets an extra guaranteed year and can easily reach it again with incentives.

The expectation had always been that Kershaw would stick with the Dodgers. That is precisely what has happened. The 30-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts in 2018.

Report: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw optimistic about new contract

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw gave a strong indication that they do not intend to part ways when they extended the deadline for the left-hander to make a decision on his contract option, and that remains the case with the new deadline looming.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, both the Dodgers and Kershaw genuinely want the pitcher to remain with the team. Even if the new deadline of 4 p.m. EST on Friday passes without a deal, that does not necessarily mean Kershaw will test free agency.

Kershaw will turn 31 in March. He would make $65 million over the next two seasons if he chose not to opt out of his current deal, which sounds like excellent money for a pitcher whose velocity has been down and has not pitched well in the postseason. In all likelihood, the Dodgers are trying to work out a new contract with him where he gets more years at a lower annual salary.

Kershaw’s lack of knowledge about his own contract option was a good indication that he does not want to leave LA, which is where he began his career when the Dodgers drafted him in 2006.