Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Kershaw tosses clean inning in spring debut

Ace 'on same page' with Dodgers entering opt-out season
MLB.com @kengurnick

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw breezed through a perfect inning against the Mariners in his first Cactus League game on Sunday and fended off a reporter seeking his reaction to Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi's statement that the pitcher and club have an "open dialogue" as he enters his opt-out season.

"That's a good way to put it, for sure," Kershaw said of Zaidi's comment, adding that he and the club are "on the same page as far as everything's going."

View Full Game Coverage

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw breezed through a perfect inning against the Mariners in his first Cactus League game on Sunday and fended off a reporter seeking his reaction to Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi's statement that the pitcher and club have an "open dialogue" as he enters his opt-out season.

"That's a good way to put it, for sure," Kershaw said of Zaidi's comment, adding that he and the club are "on the same page as far as everything's going."

View Full Game Coverage

Such optimistic comments were absent three springs ago when Zack Greinke was entering an opt-out season. Greinke eventually left for Arizona.

:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::

On the mound, Kershaw was efficient in the Dodgers' 2-0 loss to Seattle. He made 11 pitches and retired Ben Gamel on a comebacker, Jean Segura on a fly to left that required Matt Kemp to fight off a tough sun and Robinson Cano on a grounder to shortstop.

Kershaw then went to the bullpen to throw a simulated inning. New bullpen acquisitions Tom Koehler and Scott Alexander followed with an inning each, Alexander charged with one run.

Dodgers Spring Training info

"It was good to get back out there," Kershaw said. "With a crowd, facing a different team, it helps a little bit."

Video: LAD@SEA: Kershaw on his scoreless outing vs. Mariners

Manager Dave Roberts was pleased.

"Everything he wanted out of this outing, he got," Roberts said.

Tweet from @Dodgers: Hello to you too, @ClaytonKersh22. #DodgersST pic.twitter.com/DJnkR8jo2G

Seager's elbow improving
It's an elephant in the room, the elbow injury that hurt shortstop Corey Seager on every throw at the end of last season and has him behind schedule as he continues to build arm strength.

But Seager said Sunday he's made steady progress in his throwing program. He said he hasn't considered the possibility of moving to first base (pushing Cody Bellinger to the outfield and Chris Taylor to shortstop) if the elbow goes bad again.

"Yesterday I was around 145 [feet]. I've got one or two more of those and then I can throw to bases," said Seager, who is 1-for-6 this spring and returned Sunday after Saturday's stomach illness.

Roberts said he believes Seager could be ready for the season with seven to 10 exhibition games in the field.

"He's getting closer," Roberts said. "Very confident."

Brotherly love: Seagers square off

Misc. arms dept.
Left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani was throwing hard in his first bullpen session since missing three days with a tight left shoulder.

Right-handed pitching prospect Walker Buehler was throwing at least as hard in his first bullpen session. Roberts said Alex Wood scrapped his windup after an "epiphany." No such epiphany for Buehler, who still uses an old-school windup.

Right-handed reliever J.T. Chargois, claimed off waivers from the Twins on Friday, arrived in camp and participated in workouts Sunday. Roberts said Chargois was healthy and already had thrown two bullpen sessions with the Twins.

The slender Chargois (pronounced shag-WAH) is said to possess triple-digit heat, but he also missed almost the entire 2017 season with an elbow stress reaction that did not require surgery. He was a second-round pick from Rice University in 2012 and had Tommy John surgery in '13.

On the back fields with a hefty front-office presence, the project du jour was right-hander Dennis Santana, who threw batting practice. The 21-year-old with an upright delivery was added to the 40-man roster in November after splitting last year between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. In four Minor League seasons, he has allowed only 14 home runs in 311 2/3 innings.

What's next
Wood and his stretch delivery start for the Dodgers on Monday against the Rangers and lefty Mike Minor in Surprise at 12:05 p.m. PT.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. Listen to his podcast.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw