Only one week of Dodgers‘ spring training is in the books, and already there is a sigh of “here we go” amongst the fans.
Clayton Kershaw has been sidelined from throwing bullpens for the next few days, after reporting he didn’t feel quite right during his most recent live batting practice session on Wednesday. He was given Thursday off to rest.
According to Alanna Rizzo, he’s not feeling 100% physically and will be taking it easy for awhile. He’s doing his other workouts, but will not even be playing catch for the time being.
“No ones alarmed or worried about it”, manager Dave Roberts told reporters Friday morning. “There’s plenty of time for him to get his bullpens in and get built up.”
Well, sure there is. But when your mega-million dollar, generational pitcher who has been injury prone in the past is having issues just a couple of bullpen sessions in, one can’t help but worry.
“Is it dead arm? It could be,” Roberts went on to say. “We’ll see about that as we get moving forward.”
Not entirely sure what ‘dead arm’ means myself, I went looking for a good explanation. My basic synopsis is that it is when the arm is tired, but not yet injured. It can happen a lot in spring training, as the pitcher is ramping up his throwing.
It would make sense that Kershaw’s arm is tired. He’s pitched 2096.1 innings in his illustrious career, and deep into the playoffs for the last several. Even though he arm was “rested” while he was sidelined dealing with some back issues, he’s been a work horse for the team for the last 11 seasons.
“When he says he doesn’t feel right, you’re looking at the calendar, just to push things back is prudent and that’s what we’re doing right now,” said Roberts. “So to say when he’s going to throw his next ‘pen, I can’t say right now. And we’re sort of leaving that to him and the trainers to figure out when that is. But right now, to just kind of step away, give him a couple days, I think that’s what we want to do.”
Let’s just all hope that’s it’s fatigue, that the trainers get him and his arm all rested up, and it’s just an early blip on this season’s radar.