Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Clayton Kershaw to pitch a simulated game tomorrow

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, out with a bad back since June 27, will face live hitters on Saturday.

The simulated game will take place at Dodger Stadium. Manager Dave Roberts said it’s unlikely Kershaw will need a rehab assignment, so if the simulated game goes well, he could be back in the Dodgers’ rotation as early as next week.

The Dodgers are six and a half games back of the Giants in the NL West as they start out the second half on a lengthy road trip. They do, however, have one of the easier second half schedules in baseball, so between that and the hopeful return of their big gun in the rotation, they have reason to believe that they’re not out of the hunt yet.

In Memoriam: remembering those in baseball lost in the past year

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For the last three years, Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball has put together a video montage of the baseball figures who have died since the previous All-Star Game. It’s the sort of “In Memoriam” piece that you see at the Oscars and other awards shows each year but which Fox and Major League Baseball, curiously, has never done. It just seems like an obvious thing to do. Maybe the 4-5 minutes such a thing would take detracts too much from the sponsor-service and baseball’s too self-congratulatory-by-half promotion of its own charitable efforts. Hard to say.

In any event, Sullivan has once again put together a wonderful video reminding us of the stars and journeymen, the broadcasters, executives and scouts, the men and the women who, in their own way, touched baseball and baseball fans in their time on Earth and who now reside in Baseball Valhalla.

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Darryl Strawberry says he had sex in the clubhouse during games

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Tonight is the premiere of ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary “Doc and Darryl.” It’s, of course, about infamous Mets greats Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. It’s on at 9 p.m. ET. Based on the stuff Strawberry is saying while making the media rounds to promote it, you’re probably gonna want to see it.

Among the things he’s saying is stuff we all have long known: he drank, he used drugs, he was a wild man in ways that he’d never be able to get away with if he played in the teens instead of the 80s. But there are still some new ones.

Like the thing he said today on Evan Cohen and Mike Babchik’ “Morning Men” radio show on Sirius/XM about how he had sex at a baseball stadium. Like, in the middle of games. Games in which he was playing. He’d just see someone in the stands and have the clubhouse kid go get her and bring her to the clubhouse.

And you thought that business with Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla playing cards in the clubhouse during the 1999 playoffs was bad.

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