It’s a brand new daybreak, it is a new day, it is a new life for me…
All proper, I am no Nina Simone, however the Los Angeles Dodgers are feeling good.
Following back-to-back National League pennants, the Boys in Blue are again to proceed that elusive quest for their first World Series championship since 1988.
Spring Training has come and gone, the preseason Freeway Series has previous, and in a bit over 24 hours, it’ll as soon as once more be time for Dodger baseball.
Despite most of the identical faces on the roster, issues will look barely completely different for the Dodgers in 2019. For one factor, the person who has been on the mound for the frst recreation for the final eight consecutive seasons won’t be there this yr.
Clayton Kershaw’s franchise document of eight straight begins on Opening Day will come to an finish, as he provides option to one other lengthy tenured Dodger in left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Kershaw has frolicked on the disabled checklist (now the injured checklist) in 4 straight seasons, and earlier than he might even throw a pitch in a Cactus League recreation he developed shoulder irritation and was shut down for a couple of weeks.
Kershaw has handled again and bicep points up to now, however the shoulder soreness was one thing new for the 31-year-old veteran who signed a brand new three-year, $93 million contract extension within the offseason.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner acquired an anti-inflammatory injection in February, and since then has appeared to be on the highway to restoration. Kershaw pitched to prospects in a simulated recreation at Angel Stadium on Monday earlier than the second recreation of the Freeway Series with the Halos.
According to Dodgers’ supervisor Dave Roberts and longtime pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Kershaw walked away from the sim recreation with no points, and has cleared the newest hurdle in his restoration as he will get constructed again as much as begin.
“It was a good step,” Kershaw instructed reporters after the sim recreation on Monday. “I threw all my pitches and felt good.”
Despite being headed in the fitting route, Kershaw will start the season on the injured checklist, and there’s nonetheless consternation that his shoulder might be a lingering situation all through the season.
The Dodgers definitely have the beginning pitching depth to get well from one other Kershaw harm this yr, however will completely want him in October.
Needless to say, all eyes will be on Kershaw when he returns to the mound as followers have their fingers crossed that he can stay wholesome and return to kind.
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