Flu keeps Clayton Kershaw from Mexican food, but he won’t miss a start

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Clayton Kershaw left his Opening Day start after just three innings because of the flu and still isn’t feeling 100 percent healthy, but the reigning Cy Young winner expects to make his next start Tuesday versus the Pirates.

Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that the Dodgers may have to monitor Kershaw more closely, indicating that he may not be on a normal pitch count if things look shaky early on.

And then the manager described Kershaw’s diet for the past week:

He’s still not eating the way he’d like to. I’d like to see him get more calories. He’s definitely better, he’s expecting to go, but we’ll pay attention to him. He’s been eating bland foods. Haven’t seen him at any Mexican grills yet.

Exiting an Opening Day start after three innings is bad enough, but when something keeps you from Mexican food that’s the real shame.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.