On Wednesday, Kershaw threw a 22-pitch bullpen, three days after throwing a 38-pitch bullpen when he used his full arsenal of pitches. In Wednesday’s session, Kersh faced live hitters, as Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and David Freese all assumed spots in the batters box.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported on Wednesday that Kershaw “sounded patient after his throwing session, conceding he hasn’t had a spring training and needs a methodical progression to rebuild arm strength before returning.”
According to Gurnick, Kershaw estimated 20 days until he’ll be ready for big league action.
When Kershaw was asked about his thoughts regarding the end of his consecutive opening day starting streak, the three-time Cy Young Award winner replied, “I had a good run.”
Skipper Dave Roberts, who confirmed to reporters earlier in the week that Kersh will begin the season on the injured list, said on Wednesday that his lefty “felt good and that CK was positive after his session.”
Roberts added that Kershaw will pitch two innings in another batting practice session in another five days.
In his pregame chat with the media on Wednesday, Roberts still did not reveal the team’s opening day starter, but he did confirm that it would not be young righty Walker Buehler, who figures to be the team’s “ace-in-waiting.”
Wednesday’s Cactus League lineup vs. Cubs:
- Pollock CF
- Turner 3B
- Seager SS
- Hernández 2B
- Bellinger RF
- Taylor LF
- Barnes C
- Rios 1B
- May P
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM Los Angeles time.