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MLB: Spring Training-Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw threw a 22-pitch batting practice session Wednesday afternoon after being ruled out as the Opening Day starter on Monday.

Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and David Freese faced Kershaw at the plate, but the three were just tracking pitches and did not swing.

Dave Roberts and Kershaw spoke to the media after the batting practice session. The two felt that things were moving in the right direction.

Kershaw also spoke about how he feels about missing the start on Opening Day for the first time since 2010.

Kershaw is expected to continue his throwing program with a bullpen session on Saturday and a two-inning batting practice on Monday in Anaheim.

Roberts has not yet announced who will get the nod on Opening Day.

Other notes

  • Kenta Maeda pitched five innings in a minor league game today, allowing three runs, seven hits and notching six strikeouts.
  • Corey Seager will make his Cactus League debut today against the Cubs.

Tonight’s lineups

The game begins at 7:05 pm PDT and will be broadcast on SportsNet LA and MLB Network (out of market). You can also listen on AM 570 LA Sports.