Opening Day is 13 days away, and it looks like there is a little more clarity in regards to who will be getting the start.
For the first time since 2010, it appears someone other than Clayton Kershaw will be getting the ball for the first game of the season.
Dave Roberts said it’s unlikely Clayton Kershaw starts Opening Day.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 15, 2019
Kershaw threw his first bullpen session on Monday after missing a few weeks. He threw his second yesterday, incorporating breaking pitches into the mix.
Though he’s making solid progress, it appears that Kershaw won’t be ready for the March 28 start. Dave Roberts was optimistic however, stating that there’s a chance he can still be in the starting rotation for the first week of the season. Kershaw will throw another bullpen session on Monday.
Roberts said that Rich Hill is in the mix to get the start on Opening Day. Walker Buehler is another option, but he has yet to appear in a game this spring, so his status is up in the air.