Clayton Kershaw will make Dodgers season debut Monday

first_imgST. LOUIS — Clayton Kershaw will make his season debut for the Dodgers on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers in St. Louis on Wednesday after making a rehab start with Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he talked with Kershaw on Thursday morning and the decision was made to activate him from the injured list Monday, giving Kershaw five days off between starts.“He feels good. We feel good about it,” Roberts said. “He’s chomping at the bit.”Kershaw was shut down briefly during spring training with shoulder inflammation. Once he restarted his throwing program, he wasn’t able to build up and go through the spring progression in time for Opening Day, ending his streak of eight consecutive Opening Day starts. Playing at altitude, the baseball does “certain things – or doesn’t do certain things,” Roberts said. Breaking balls aren’t as sharp at altitude.“So now when you’re not at altitude, there’s an adjustment that most hitters probably have a tough time adjusting to,” he said. “The numbers say our hitters have had it ”FRESH ARMThe Dodgers sent reliever JT Chargois back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday after he pitched in the previous two games. Right-hander Jaime Schultz was recalled from Triple-A.Schultz made one appearance for OKC to start the year, allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out three in 1-1/3 innings.UP NEXTBrewers (RHP Corbin Burnes, 0-1, 9.90 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 0-0, 3.12 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM “It’s going to be determined on how these next couple days go,” he said before Thursday’s game.SEAGER STATUSShortstop Corey Seager left Thursday’s game in the fourth inning after being hit in the left hamstring by a pitch.“It’s alright,” Seager said after the game. “I had some veins that kind of balled up and knotted up and got hard so they wanted to just kind of check it out.”Seager received treatment on the bruise and was feeling better as the Dodgers headed for the airport. He will be re-evaluated Friday to see how the injury responds to the flight. But he said he didn’t expect it to keep him out of the lineup.MILE HIGH HANGOVERIs there a Coors Field after-effect?When the Dodgers followed their sweep in Denver with a four-game sweep by the Cardinals, statistician Rick Krajewski went back through the past six seasons and found the Dodgers have gone 22-36 in the series immediately following a trip to Coors Field.Roberts saw the statistic and wasn’t surprised.“It makes sense,” he said. “Just the recovery of how your body responds (after playing at altitude), that’s one part of it. Also, just kind of what your eyes have seen for three or four days in Denver … I think it’s more the characteristics of the baseball and how your body responds to being at that altitude.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw made two rehab starts, going 4-1/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City last Friday, then throwing 81 pitches in six innings for Tulsa this week. Roberts said that should be enough to let Kershaw pitch Monday without any restrictions.“If things are going well as far as where he’s built up, absolutely,” Roberts said. “We also have to bake in the intensity of a major-league game. We’ve done what we can to put him in the best chance to help himself and help us and obviously not put the bullpen in jeopardy as far as his workload.”Kershaw pitched five scoreless innings for Tulsa but allowed two home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday. The left-hander’s velocity was 88-91 mph most of the night but Roberts said he did “touch” 92 mph.“I saw all the velocities with the different pitches. I saw the sequencing and obviously talked to him,” Roberts said. “For him, it was kind of a tuneup, Double-A hitters. I’m just kind of going on his words as far as he felt good and felt positive coming out of it.”Meanwhile, the Dodgers have not named a starter for Saturday’s game, when they will need to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu (on the injured list with a groin injury). Julio Urias will start Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers and Ross Stripling on Sunday. Roberts said the choice is either promoting a pitcher from the minors for one start or possibly a “bullpen game, which is not ideal.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img

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