Kershaw to miss opening day start
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won’t start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day because of a sore shoulder, ending his streak of pitching eight straight openers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the decision Monday.
Kershaw has dealt with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, and has yet to pitch in a game. The left-hander is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday, but there are no plans in place after that.
Roberts said it’s unlikely Kershaw would open the season on the active roster. Right-hander Ross Stripling will have a spot in the rotation.
The team has not announced a starter for the March 28 opener at home against Arizona, but Roberts did say it will not be Walker Buehler because his rest days don’t line up.
Buehler has also had a sore shoulder and is scheduled to make his first Cactus League appearance Tuesday, when he’s set to throw three innings against the Cleveland Indians.
Increasingly, it appears left-hander Rich Hill will get the ball against the Diamondbacks on opening day.
“We’re kind of honing in on it,” Roberts said. “It is kind of the process of elimination. We’re not prepared to say who it is, but we’re getting pretty close, yeah.”