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.