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March 29 pregame: Kershaw to disabled list

Dodgers at Angels, 6:05 p.m.
Yasiel Puig, RF
Carl Crawford, DH
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Andre Ethier, CF
Justin Turner, 2B
A.J. Ellis, C
(Dan Haren, P)

By Jon Weisman

So it has happened: Clayton Kershaw is heading for the disabled list.

It’s not the first time he has missed a start in his career, though that is rare in itself. But it is the first time he has been placed on the DL.

Don Mattingly gave reporters the news today. From Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.:

Kershaw was throwing off flat ground in right field with trainer Stan Conte earlier Saturday, gradually increasing the intensity and distance of his throws. Once he felt something, on the 27th throw, he immediately ceased throwing.

“We have to save Clayton from Clayton. If it was up to him, I’m sure he’d want to go farther. We can’t allow him to do that,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s getting better, but it’s not at a point where we can go any farther. It kind of tells you he’s hit a ceiling at this point, and had to stop.”

Kershaw could next pitch as early as April 8 against Detroit. That potentially could be a matchup of 2013 Cy Young Winners: Kershaw and Max Scherzer.

Jose Dominguez, meanwhile, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.


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  1. I miss Steve Lyons.
    I don’t know if it was a “behind the scenes” issue, or what, but I remember him being emotional on the air as he signed off for the last time with Fox Sports / Dodgers.
    Watching Orel Hershiser, despite how great he was on the field, bugs me to no end, and here’s why. Remember the famous Konerko game in SF? – where Hoffman escorted Konerko down the RF line @ Candlestick after the trade for Jeff Shaw?
    There was also an interaction between Lasorda (up in the booth) and Hershiser (down in the Giants dugout) on the air. Hershiser showed disrespect towards Lasorda and thus, the Dodger organization, and never have forgotten reading it in the SF Chronicle.
    Take a moment and read it.

    • “Skip’s kind of a cut,” Hershiser said with a grin.

      “He’s not a Skip anymore. He’s a GM. I gave him a demotion.”

      Really, Orel?

      Lyons is willing to be somewhat critical, but follows it up with solid analysis.
      Hershiser seems to have really aged, especially with his sense of humor. I watched him the other night as he was trying to give Nomar a hard time about a ball hit to the outfield which skipped off the grass and seemed to be “gaining speed” per Nomar. Hershiser couldn’t just let it stand… He had so say, “Well, I don’t know if it’s really GAINING speed.” ….
      Come on, Orel. Get real. You know what he meant.

      • Personally, I LIKE it when a guy like Lyons is willing to say what anybody who actually knows the game is thinking. Poor footwork, K-L’ing – watching strike 3, not getting a bunt down, leaving a ball up in the zone, and some of the other subjective evaluations / reads he made.
        Personally, I don’t just want to watch a bunch of “homers” who kiss the behinds of the management, players, and staff. Those are “a dime a dozen”….

  2. Jon Weisman.
    I wrote this on your blog as (Congrats, again.) you work for the Dodgers now.
    I don’t know how much ‘pull’ you have….
    All I ask is…. just stick a copy of this on Ned’s desk.
    Come on, for an old DT friend? … :-)

    Hey, there is a part of all us Dodger fans that live for the next 6-7 months.
    I’ve seen Orel, I’ve heard Orel….
    I’m recommending that we (patting my forearm) lift Orel, and insert Steve.
    Goin’ to the bullpen on this one.

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