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.
Dave Roberts said Kershaw felt good and was positive after his session. Will pitch two innings in another batting practice session in five days.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 20, 2019
Kershaw also spoke about how he feels about missing the start on Opening Day for the first time since 2010.
Clayton Kershaw on his opening-day start streak ending: "I had a good run."— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) March 20, 2019
#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw: “It’ll be sad to watch someone else out there on Opening Day. But I’ll get over it.”— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 20, 2019
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.
- 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 #DodgersST lineup at Cubs:— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 20, 2019
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.