Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw roughed up in first spring training start

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Clayton Kershaw got his first Cactus League start out of the way Wednesday. He’ll have three more under his belt by the time the Dodgers board a plane for Sydney, Australia.And then, the plan goes — well, there is no plan yet.“We’re working a normal spring training getting guys ready to pitch for the season,” manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. “There’s nothing that’s happened that keeps us from doing whatever we want.”Right now, Mattingly doesn’t want to name an Opening Day starter. He’ll volunteer that four pitchers will be ready to start either March 22 or 23 in Sydney if needed. The group includes Kershaw, Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and presumably Dan Haren, though the fourth slot seems more fluid than the first three. The manager wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Kershaw might not start.“We’re still at a point in spring where if somebody gets a blister, or something on their toe, turns an ankle, is going to miss one bullpen — it changes that start,” Mattingly said. “That’s why we have to keep four guys ready at this point.”Haren said recently that he would hate to fly to Australia then not pitch. Greinke has said on the record that he isn’t excited about the trip at all. As for Kershaw? “Ask Donnie,” he said.“The Australia trip, it’s going to be fun,” Kershaw added later. “We’re going to make the most of it. Both teams are going to go over there, we’re going to play, might as well enjoy it.”center_img That will be difficult if Kershaw pitches as he did Wednesday.The reigning National League Cy Young award winner allowed five hits and three runs — all earned — in two innings. He walked one and struck out two.A year ago, Kershaw posted a 4.18 ERA in Cactus League play. That didn’t stop him from leading the major leagues in ERA for the third straight season.Even still, Kershaw didn’t explain away his debut performance as a matter of experimenting or fine tuning.“I wasn’t throwing the ball where I wanted to,” he said. “There were some off-speed pitches I needed to throw better. That one to (Miguel) Montero I struck him out on was probably up, honestly. That one that (A.J.) Pollock hit, there’s just some balls that I left up. Just a lot to work on.”Will three starts be enough time to work on it?“Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) has it planned out as far as start,” Kershaw said. “I should be good to go.”Whenever that is.Injury updatesAngels outfielder Josh Hamilton was diagnosed with a grade two calf strain, an injury he suffered during a drill Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The team expects Hamilton, 32, to remain on crutches for a few days so he doesn’t put any pressure on the leg.Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson reported no after-effects one day after being struck in the head with a line drive hit by Yorvit Torrealba during live batting practice.AlsoFormer Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green arrived at Camelback Ranch as a special instructor. … The Dodgers’ open tryout will be held at 9 a.m. today (8 a.m. Mountain Time) on a minor-league field.last_img

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