Clayton Kershaw needed dental work after being hit in the jaw by a comebacker Friday


There was a scary moment in yesterday’s Cactus League game between the Dodgers and Athletics, as back-to-back NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was hit in the jaw by a comebacker. Fortunately, he was fine. He actually stayed in the game, but he got some dental work done after the game.

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Kershaw had one tooth extracted and another one repaired. The southpaw stayed at the dentist until 10:30 p.m. local time and could still need another visit in the future to complete the repair. Still, it could have been a lot worse under the circumstances.

Kershaw told Shaikin that his mouth is a little sore after the dental work, but otherwise he’s fine. He’s on track for the season.