While Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw will not be able to boast about the time that he started two opening day games in a season, one in Australia and one in the United States, he is still on track to be back with the Dodgers during the first week of games on their 2014 schedule.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, Kershaw reported no pain in his back after throwing on Friday and should be in line to start the team’s home opener at Dodgers Stadium.
Kershaw’s improvement puts the left-hander on track to pitch next Friday at Dodger Stadium in the team’s home opener…
…If Kershaw can’t pitch Friday, Mattingly said his replacement might be Josh Beckett, who is eligible to come off the disabled list that day.”
Kershaw already has one dominant performance under this belt this season as he stifled the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one of the appropriately named “Australia series,” going 6 2/3 innings while allowing only one run and striking out seven. Presuming this back stiffness is nothing more than a blip on the radar, he should be on track for another stellar season after signing a lofty new long-term extension this off-season.