Clayton Kershaw looked great in his first official spring outing. He went a scheduled two innings and was perfect with only 20 pitches. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I felt good. For the first [start], it was good to get out there and make sure you feel good physically," said Kershaw, who threw 16 strikes and only four balls. "I made adjustments when I needed to. Overall, it was a good first day."His outing was especially notable for an 'Uncle Charlie' he threw to Rookie of the Year winner Jose Abreu. You can check out that here. Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015. You can see more photos from Jon from yesterday here.
Below are some more links to check out:
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "The guy swinging the powerful bat: O’Koyea Dickson."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Juan Uribe gives great Hyun-jin Ryu impression."
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "A Q&A with A.J. Ellis."
There was a lot of doubt and a lot of anxiety about whether I was going to be a Dodger again, with the way the season went. My entire career I’ve wanted to win a world championship. I feel like that will determine whether my career is a success or not. Did I reach the pinnacle of what it takes to be a team player and win a team championship? And, obviously, I want to do it with these guys, who I’ve come up with and been a part of. At that point last year, it was not about, ‘Man, I hope I come back so I can be the starter and I can play X number of games and I can redeem this last season or make this much money.’ No, I want to win a World Series and the window could start to be closing on that for me here with the Dodgers. I’m going to do everything I can to keep that pried open.
- Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest, "Dodgers eye Starling Heredia as potential big July 2 signing."
- Via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times, "Joc Pederson is center of attention for Dodgers this spring." Justin Turner and Pederson have built quite a relationship:
"He loves to talk hitting," Turner said. "He's not afraid to ask questions, which I love. One of my pet peeves is when you're around guys who have a lot of valuable information and you don't ask them anything. When I'm around guys, I ask questions. I want to know what they're doing, what they're thinking, because I want to learn."
- I guess the Dodgers won't be charging hard to try to sign him. Via Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports, "Sources: Cuban Hector Olivera could have damaged UCL in throwing arm." I suppose they could still try to add him to the roster, but it'll come a greatly reduced price.
- Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA tells us a bit about a minor league Dodger pitcher who impressed yesterday: "Jeremy Kehrt – Thursday’s other Kid-K,"
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