Clayton Kershaw Experiencing Early Spring Setback

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.



Lessons Learned from the Past Two World Series Losses

Today is the first day that all Dodgers players are to report to camp. All players have reported, with the exception of Andrew Toles. The team told reporters this morning that he was dealing with a personal issue, has been in contact with the team, and has the team’s full support. We’re hoping whatever it is, Tolesy will be back with the team soon, and that everything is all right.

Andy McCullough from The Los Angeles Times put out an excellent article this morning that focused on Justin Turner and how he has dealt with the last two off-seasons, particularly with the back to back World Series losses. JT talks a lot about last season, and that the team definitely suffered a hangover from the 2017 season.

One of the most interesting tidbits to me is how Turner talks about all the platooning the Dodgers did last year.

“There was all this noise about the platoons,” Turner said. “We won the division. We went to the World Series. You can’t say that it didn’t work. Because we lost in the World Series, people were saying ‘Oh, it’s because you platooned.’ What? How did we get there?That was our identity last year. That’s not an organizational philosophy. It’s just what we had to do to adapt to survive.”

We all know how last year was the antithesis of 2017, even if the outcome of the season was the same. The Dodgers stumbled out of gates, fell flat on their faces, dealt with way too many injuries to too many important players, and had to take the season to 163 games just to win the division.

I’m going to propose something radical, so stay with me here—what if the last two seasons are what the Dodgers need to finally win the World Series?

Andy, you’re nuts, you say. Why on earth would that be true? Well, let’s talk about it. Much has been made, rightly or wrongly so, about what the front office has or hasn’t done to make this team a world championship caliber team. The last two years would point to the fact that they’ve done their job. They put a team on the field that made it to back-to-back World Series.

Much also has been made about manager Dave Roberts, and if he is a good enough manager to lead a team to a world championship. What Roberts has had to deal with in his three previous seasons in Los Angeles would be tough for any manager. Big city, big scrutiny of a historic team with some of this generation’s best players. An incredible losing skid in 2017 where everyone doubted the team. And then last season, keeping all those egos and personalities working and playing together as a unit, when the whole year was a complete slog, and not many players saw their typical day to day roles of years past.

So, basically, the front office and the manger did their jobs. (Save your pitching decision comments for another day). Who didn’t produce when the time came? The players. In 2017, the Dodgers made every game close, and fought and fought, until Game 7, when they didn’t. In 2018, maybe it was too much to deal with during the season, but the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position was still there, and even though the Boston Red Sox were a buzzsaw, as Turner put it, there really wasn’t too much fight in the World Series either.

Having endured all of that, the players now know exactly what it takes to win a World Series. Some circumstances were out of their control, but they’ve experienced two different teams celebrating World Series wins on their home field. They know what an offseason is like after having gone that deep into the playoffs. The pain now only runs hotter and deeper, and it’s time for the players themselves to step up and get it done.

“Do we believe we’re a good team? Absolutely. Every guy in here, to a man, thinks we’re a really, really good team, and have a chance to do something special. At the same time, that doesn’t count for a run. You don’t score runs because you’re supposed to be good. You still have to figure out ways to score runs and throw strikes and play defense. That’s what we have to do.”

Maybe the third time is a charm.


Dodgers Spring Training Notes: Seager, Bellinger, Roberts & More


We’re three days into Dodgers‘ spring training, and it’s so good to see the Boys in Blue (literally—I can’t get enough of those blue jerseys) and to hear the thump of the ball hitting the glove once again.

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Rich Hill Has Confidence in Austin Barnes, and So Should You


We’re down to two days left of this boring, non-transactional offseason. Two days left before pitchers and catchers put on those gorgeous Dodger Blue jerseys and report to Camelback Ranch in Arizona. Two days left of winter.

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Dodgers Announce Non-Roster Invitees as Players Filter into Camelback Ranch


It’s less than a week now before pitchers and catchers are required to report to spring training. A few players have already been seen around Camelback Ranch—Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Hyun-Jin Ryu were seen in the Dodgers’ Instagram stories walking by the team trucks unloading supplies for the upcoming season.

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Dodgers Roster: What Lies Ahead for Max Muncy in 2019?

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In addition to hot stove talk and reruns of old games, MLB Network fills its offseason programming with Top Ten rankings of position players and pitchers. Most recently, it revealed its 10 best starting pitchers. Clayton Kershaw came in at number 10 on the list, and he was chosen as one the best pitchers of the last decade.

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Despite Criticism, Dodgers Are in Solid Position for 2019 Season


Happy February everyone! We’ve finally made it to the month where there are some signs of baseball life again. Dodgers pitchers and catchers report in a few weeks, and I don’t know about you, but this has seemed like the longest off-season in awhile.

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3 Dodgers Predictions Sure to Come True in 2019

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With the trades and signings perhaps appearing to be all wrapped up for the Dodgers, let’s look ahead to the season and find some conjecture and predictions for 2019.

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How A.J. Pollock Impacts the Dodgers’ Prospective 2019 Lineups

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Yesterday, the Dodgers finally signed another outfielder. To many fans’ chagrin, however, it was not Bryce Harper, and was instead A.J. Pollock.

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Dodgers Trade Rumors: Pederson, Pollock, Harrison, Marte & More


Another day, another rumor of another player the Dodgers are interested in. On Thursday, I discussed how Joc Pederson might fit into the Dodgers’ plans. Over the weekend, rumors started to fly that maybe the Dodgers don’t have him in their 2019 plans at all.

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