|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Kershaw pitches five innings in rehab appearance

  • CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during Wednesday night's injury rehabilitation stint with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
    • email print
  • CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during Wednesday night's injury rehabilitation stint with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
    A 29-pitch first inning kept Kershaw from being dominant against the Tennessee Smokies, but he still finished with nine strikeouts.
    "I would like to have gotten through six or seven innings, but I had a good time working with these guys," Kershaw said. "It's tough when pitch counts are in the back of your mind. Obviously the main goal of why I was here was to get my pitch count up and be ready for 100-plus pitches in the big leagues.
    "At the same time, you're trying to compete, too. Fortunately for me, I am kind of done with that and can go pitch now."
    Kershaw threw 86 pitches Wednesday after tossing 56 Friday during his first rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga of the Class A California League, when he allowed two hits in five scoreless innings. He opened this season getting a win for the Dodgers over Arizona in Australia on March 22 but went on the disabled list for the first time in his career several days later with a strained upper back.
    "I've learned I don't like it," Kershaw said of his DL stint. "As much as you try and be a part of this team, our team is playing right now while I'm in Chattanooga. It's a weird process for me, and you kind of feel isolated a little bit. Hopefully I never have to do it again."
    Kershaw said he feels healthy but didn't know when he would be joining his big-league teammates.
    Kershaw's appearance resulted in a sellout crowd of 6,318.
Reader Reaction
      • calendar