Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Expected To Make Next Start

By Michael Terrill

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was only able to pitch three innings against the San Diego Padres last Thursday as he was forced to leave the game due to an illness.

Kershaw vomited after leaving the game. The team did not reveal what was wrong with him but a good guess would be flu-like symptoms caused the illness. Kershaw will reportedly be ready to make his next start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in the Dodgers home opener.

“He’s definitely better than he was the other day,” Dodgers manager Mattingly said before Sunday’s series finale against the Padres at Petco Park, according to ESPN. “I think he’s expecting to go, but we’re going to probably have to pay attention to him. He’s in there doing his workouts. He’s eating, but it’s more bland foods and things like that. He’s not exactly firing up the Mexican grill yet.

“Right now, it looks like he’s going to start the game. I think we’re going to have to pay attention to him strength-wise as far as body, how long he goes.”

The way Mattingly was talking about Kershaw being weak and eating bland foods further proves it was most likely the flu that forced him out of the game. Kershaw was cruising right along against the Padres as he only surrendered two hits and one walk while striking out three. Los Angeles went on to defeat San Diego 5-3 and have won their first three games of the season after beating them 6-0 and 6-5 respectively.

The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner hopes to put up similar numbers this year as the Dodgers are looking to make a serious push in the NL West. In 33 games last season, Kershaw posted a 21-5 record with an impressive 2.28 ERA, 248 strikeouts and 54 walks in 233.1 innings pitched.

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