Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Dodgers start the season. The lefty is working back from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down his spring training.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “that’s fair” when asked Monday whether Kershaw might miss the opener March 28 against Arizona at Dodger Stadium.
“There’s just way too much importance put on the Opening Day roster. The No. 1 thing is for him to be ready and to feel confident physically and mentally,” Roberts said.
Kershaw has made a franchise-record eight consecutive Opening Day starts, but a couple of days into spring training, the three-time Cy Young Award winner had shoulder soreness that caused him to halt throwing.
Kershaw began throwing against last week, slowly building up the amount of work and the distance of his throws.
Spring highlights: In a 9-8 win over the Nationals, Miami’s Lewis Brinson hit two home runs, giving him five this spring. … Detroit outfielder Mikie Mahtook did the same in a 9-5 win over the Cardinals, as did C.J. Cron against the Orioles, though the Twins lost 9-4. … Making his case to be New York’s Opening Day first baseman, prospect Pete Alonso hit his second home run of the spring as the Mets beat the Astros 7-4 in a split-squad game. … Former Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez made a diving catch in center field in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the second as Boston beat a Mets split-squad 9-3.
Briefly: Jose Berrios will be Minnesota’s Opening Day starter, the first such assignment for the 24-year-old right-hander. … The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Zack Granite from Minnesota for right-hander Xavier Moore and $50,000, and the Twins dealt Moore to Baltimore for $750,000 in 2019-20 international signing-bonus-pool allocation.
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