Clayton Kershaw came out of Sunday night’s start without making his bum hip any worse, so the reigning Cy Young winner is scheduled to take his next turn in the rotation Friday versus the Rockies.
Kershaw prepared for the outing by throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, reporting no problems two days after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Reds.
It wasn’t his sharpest start, as Kershaw walked five batters and needed 92 pitches to record 15 outs, but considering the possibility that he’ll need surgery to repair a torn labrum his performance was plenty encouraging.
“I have no medical reasoning for why it feels good and it didn’t before,” Kershaw said, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not complaining. I feel good now.”
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.