SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Conspiracy theorists will make use of Wednesday’s tough two innings as more evidence that Clayton Kershaw won’t have the Australia trip for the Opening Series, but he’s nevertheless the ace and still more along than any other Dodgers beginning.
Kershaw appeared a little amped for the exhibition-season operator against Arizona, his fastball growing and the D-backs hacking out several sharp hits for three goes in two innings, although a misplay by left fielder Carl Crawford (somehow ruled a triple) on a screaming The.J. Pollock liner accounted for two three runs for which Kershaw was charged.
Postgame questions centered on whether or not Kershaw would start against State of arizona in Australia next month, and responses from the pitcher and his administrator remained vague. Not so hazy was Kershaw’s self critique after making 40 pitches, subsequently throwing another 15 from the bullpen.
‘Obviously, not good. The results weren’t extremely pretty,’ said the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. ‘My body and also my arm feel good. Definitely a lot to work on. I’m a results-based gentleman and I have to see benefits — outs. Today left a lot being desired. The hitters laughed and said by how hard they struck the ball.’
Manager Don Mattingly maintained that he’s readying 4 starters for the trip — Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu in addition to Dan Haren. After the firestorm over Greinke’s the latest unenthusiastic comments, Kershaw was well-schooled when he chatted of the trip.
‘Both teams are inclined, we might as well enjoy it,Inches he said.
Asked if he wanted to go to Australia, Kershaw said: ‘Ask Donnie.’
Because from the compressed exhibition schedule, Kershaw is likely to have only four Cactus League starts, but nobody else is likely to make more, so he remains as likely an Australian participator as anyone until he the requirement for a start.
Three relievers next Kershaw were more impressive. Javy Guerra, who is beyond options, pitched a scoreless inning. Seth Rosin, a guide 5 Draft pick, in two innings struck out five, like four in a row. And Jose Dominguez, the toughest thrower in camp, pitched an excellent inning with two strikeouts.
They appeared from the first game because decisions must be made on each one — especially Guerra and Rosin, who could be lost if they don’t increase the risk for club — with fewer game titles to evaluate before the flight to help Australia on March Of sixteen, when only 30 people can travel.