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.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.