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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw in ‘Considerably Better Spot’ After Return from Bereavement

Clayton Kershaw gets the baseball for the Dodgers tonight in St. Petersburg for the first time since rejoining the team from the bereavement list. The left-hander was away from the team while attending the services for his mother who passed away earlier this month.

Over his last two outings since his mother’s death, Clayton has struggled but shot down any connection between his troubles and his heavy heart. After his most recent outing, however, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did say that Kersh had complained of body fatigue. On Friday as the pitcher was activated from the bereavement list, Doc said he’s in a much better spot.

“He certainly feels much better than he did the last couple starts. There was some kind of overall body fatigue, the ball wasn’t coming out very well. So, he’s in a considerably better spot than he was going into tomorrow.”


Kershaw has opened the season throwing 10 uninterrupted starts and could have been going through the dreaded dead arm period that pitchers tend to go through early in seasons. Some time away and an extra day between starts could be just what the doctor ordered for the 35-year-old.

He threw his between start bullpen session on Friday and the thought of pushing him back a day to start on Sunday was under consideration, but Roberts said the ace was adamant about pitching on Saturday. “I think maybe that 11:30 AM start on Sunday might have had a little something to do with that,” Doc said.

We’ll get a World Series rematch of sorts tonight at Tropicana Field with Clayton facing right-hander Tyler Glasnow in a game 5 repeat.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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