Kershaw will run through walls, unfortunately

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kershaw_090907.jpgWhen you get into a fight with a drunk, you don’t hit him with your pitching hand. Furthermore, when you run into an outfield wall, you don’t lead with your pitching shoulder.

At least Clayton Kershaw got that right.

The Dodgers left-hander, effectively wild this season while compiling an 8-8 record with a 2.89 ERA in 28 starts, joined the annals of odd sports injuries when he ran into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on Monday while shagging fly balls during batting practice.

He’ll have to miss Friday’s start — at least — with a bruised right (non-throwing) shoulder.

“I wish it didn’t happen. It was one of those freak things. I feel bad. I kind of feel like I’m letting the team down a little bit by missing a start,” said Kershaw, whose ERA is ninth in the NL.

“It is obviously pretty disappointing. It’s really frustrating, too. At the same time, it is what it is. I just have to get better now.”

Luckily for the Dodgers, they have plenty of bodies in the rotation with the acquisitions of Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland. If Randy Wolf is moved up from his Saturday start, he would still be going on the standard five days’ rest. So there is no need to rush Kershaw back, even though the weekend series against the Giants is a big one.

Meanwhile, someone should give Kershaw a map of Dodger Stadium, since he doesn’t seem to know his way around out there.

“I wasn’t running really hard, but at the same time if you don’t know something is there and you run into it, you don’t brace for it at all,” Kershaw said.

Don’t know it’s there? That big blue thing? In your home park? Oh well, at least he didn’t do this …

 

 

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Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.