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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.

Clayton Kershaw unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

Clayton Kershaw

Someone other than Clayton Kershaw will be getting the Opening Day nod for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kershaw is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day as he works his way back from shoulder issues that have plagued him for much of the spring.

Kershaw is slowly making progress and successfully got through a bullpen session on Thursday. The good news is it doesn’t sound like Kershaw will miss much time at the start of the season, but the Dodgers have every reason to be cautious with their ace left-hander given the injury issues he’s had over the last few years. Someone else will get the honor of the Opening Day nod.

Clayton Kershaw gets through another bullpen session without setback

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is building strength in hopes of being ready to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day, and the left-hander took another step in the right direction on Thursday.

For the second time since he experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder last month, Kershaw threw a bullpen session. While he did not use his curveball at all, it seemed to go well.

The Dodgers have not formally announced an Opening Day starter, and it would not be a surprise if they decided to play it safe with Kershaw. Roberts acknowledged that the ace might not be ready for the start of the season, but the positive updates over the past week have been a good sign.

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 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. He has downplayed the latest issues with his shoulder, but it will be worth monitoring.

Dodgers expect Clayton Kershaw to be ready for Opening Day

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been battling a shoulder issue in recent weeks, but the team does not expect him to miss any time at the start of the season.

While the Dodgers have not formally announced an Opening Day starter, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Kershaw has a bullpen session scheduled for Monday and should be ready for Opening Day on March 28.

Kershaw and the Dodgers have consistently downplayed the shoulder injury, but Roberts recently acknowledged that the left-hander might not be ready when the season begins. The latest update is at least a good indicator that Kershaw has not experienced any setbacks.

As Roberts noted, Walker Buehler is also expected to be ready for Opening Day. The Dodgers could decide to give him the honor of starting if they want to play things safe with Kershaw, and Buehler has already made it clear he would be blown away if that happens.

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.