Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday against the Angels, swapping spots in the starting rotation with Zack Greinke, who will start tonight.
Manager Don Mattingly stopped short of saying Kershaw had any setback, or even that he couldn’t start tonight.
“He threw yesterday before his event,” Mattingly said, referring to Kershaw’s annual charity ping pong tournament. “We knew he was feeling good but we wanted to make sure and give him an extra day.”
Kershaw declined an interview, saying only that he feels good.
Kershaw has had hip issues in the past. This one “is nothing different from what we’ve dealt with in the past,” Mattingly said, “so we feel good.”
Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting for the Angels tonight. Left-hander Andrew Heaney — whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels last December to get Howie Kendrick — is starting tomorrow.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will reportedly miss his first start of the season tonight. (Associated Press photo)
Clayton Kershaw hasn’t missed a start this season. That will change tonight, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger is starting against the A’s instead:
Kershaw has dealt with hip problems in the past. It’s not yet clear whether this injury is related to those in the past. He is currently riding a streak of 29 consecutive scoreless innings.
Bolsinger is 5-3 with a 2.79 earned-run average in 15 starts this season. The 27-year-old right-hander has never faced the A’s in his career. His last start was seven days ago against the Atlanta Braves, in which he allowed only one unearned run in seven innings. Bolsinger was scheduled to pitch this weekend.
Update (5:30 p.m.): Bolsinger is indeed starting for the Dodgers tonight. Kershaw said he has a sore right hip and will start Friday against the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw winces after allowing one of the three hits the Mets got off him Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
NEW YORK — The Mets didn’t stand a chance against Clayton Kershaw. Their cleanup hitter, John Mayberry, Jr., had a .565 OPS. Their number-five hitter, Eric Campbell, clocked in at a whopping .587. They played the game anyway and Kershaw threw six perfect innings before allowing a hit. The Dodgers won 3-0. The box score is here.
Zack Greinke isn’t starting tomorrow because his wife is giving birth; Ian Thomas is going instead.