Cole Hamels throws shutout, builds awesome playground

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Fresh off Tuesday’s shutout of the Braves, Cole Hamels spent Wednesday at a ribbon cutting for the Philadelphia playground renovated thanks to a $300,000 grant from his foundation.

Phillies.com has pictures from the scene at Bayard Taylor Elementary.

Besides all of the playground equipment, the project includes a technology station and a greenhouse. It’s quite the nice setup, particularly with the Hamels-stamped mural serving as a backdrop.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.