Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had to get some dental work done in late March after taking a soft line drive off his jaw during a Cactus League start against the Athletics. Kershaw did not have to miss a turn in the Dodgers’ spring training rotation and he won’t miss a regular-season outing either, but the left-hander does need to pay one more visit to a dentist.
Via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times …
Kershaw allowed three runs but struck out nine batters over six innings Monday in his 2015 debut — a 6-3 defeat of the Padres. He won the National League MVP and National League Cy Young Award in 2014.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. The procedure was called a success, as most athletic procedures are in the hours after they’re completed.
Hollands is going to miss the entire 2015 season and the first month or two of the 2016 campaign as well.
The 26-year-old southpaw posted a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of relief last season as a rookie. Holland began experiencing elbow problems toward the end of spring training this year in Florida.
You’ve gotta see this web gem Giancarlo Stanton pulled off in the fourth inning Wednesday …
He sure moves well for a dude who’s listed at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. Defensive play of the year so far.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon didn’t say anything overly unreasonable in this interview Wednesday afternoon with Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe, but his comments are sure to bother somebody out there. Here’s an excerpt …
“The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon said before Wednesday’s game between the Sox and Phils. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.”
“Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.”
“It’s been a tough transition over here,” the 34-year-old right-hander continued. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Tough getting used to the way it is here. … It’s two totally different organizations. The way they’re ran, the way they’re coached, the players that are on them. Two totally different styles of baseball. I don’t know if I can honestly tell you if I’m even used to it yet.”
Papelbon is in the fourth year of a four-year, $50 million contract. He’ll be trade bait all summer.
Good news on Brandon Belt from Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com …
Belt strained his right groin muscle Tuesday while chasing after a foul pop-up in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. Buster Posey is starting at first base for San Francisco on Wednesday night in Arizona and Hector Sanchez will be behind the plate for spot starter Chris Heston. There were no new position players in the Giants’ clubhouse Wednesday evening, so maybe Belt really is in the clear.