Dodgers’ Dave Roberts: Clayton Kershaw ‘didn’t feel so great’ playing catch

Clayton Kershaw felt more soreness in his left shoulder playing catch Monday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the three-time Cy Young Award winner “didn’t feel so great.”

The left-hander was shut down late last week with discomfort in the shoulder, and it didn’t feel better when he tested it Monday.

“Where he is right now, it might be another day or two until he picks it up again,” Roberts said. “So, right now, I think it is safe to say, he didn’t feel great coming out of it, so where that has us, we don’t know. But I know, probably, we’ll take a step back until he starts feeling better.”

Kershaw was not scheduled for an MRI exam when Roberts spoke to reporters, but the manager said he would be in touch with the medical staff to determine a course of action Monday evening.

Kershaw, 30, signed a $93 million, three-year extension on Nov. 3. The seven-time All-Star has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons, including a lower back strain that sidelined him for five weeks in 2017, biceps tendinitis in May 2018 and a lower back strain in June 2018.

Harper, Dodgers meet: Bryce Harper met with the Dodgers over the weekend, a sign the market for the free-agent outfielder might be picking up as spring training enters its second full week.

Roberts confirmed the Sunday meeting, saying it was “good.”

“Just trying to get to know each other,” Roberts said Monday. “In the spirit of us, as the Dodgers, vetting a certain process makes sense, and for those guys to do their due diligence as well.”

Harper has been connected to Philadelphia and the Giants during a second consecutive slow free-agent market for the sport.

Briefly: The Yankees agreed to a $70 million, seven-year contract with outfielder Aaron Hicks. … Utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, 29, finalized his two-year deal with Minnesota; he’ll get $12 million this year and $9 million in 2020. … The Rockies rewarded manager Bud Black with a three-year contract extension through the 2022 season, the team announced.

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