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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
Contract: view contract details
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Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that the club is "not anticipating" Clayton Kershaw needing any kind of back surgery this offseason.
Kershaw missed a big chunk of the season with a back issue, but he looked strong after returning down the stretch and came out of his final NLCS outing no worse for the wear. It's always possible that it's something that could crop up again, but at this point it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about heading into the winter. Oct 24 - 5:29 PM

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Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over five lackluster innings Saturday in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Someday there will be a plaque in Cooperstown with Kershaw’s name on it. But Saturday night at Wrigley Field, he just didn’t have it. The Cubs began the game with back-to-back hits off Kershaw and never really let up. Kershaw yielded home runs to Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo before getting the hook. He wasn’t fooling anyone with his slider and he couldn’t throw his curve ball for strikes. Kershaw looked gassed on Saturday and for good reason. He gave the Dodgers everything he had this postseason, logging 24 1/3 innings after missing most of the second half with a back injury. Kershaw is now 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 17 career postseason appearances.
Oct 22 - 10:56 PM

Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that he told the Dodgers he'll pitch whenever they want.

This includes Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday. "My stance is always the same," said Kershaw, who currently lines up to start Game 6 on Saturday on five days' rest. We doubt that is going to change.
Oct 20 - 6:44 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed late Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 of the NLCS.

Kershaw was going to be an option for Game 5 if the Dodgers were facing elimination, but the best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 so Kenta Maeda will pitch on normal rest Thursday at home against Cubs. Kershaw will go in Game 6 on Saturday night at Wrigley Field, after five full days off. The ace left-hander dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 this past Sunday at Wrigley.
Oct 20 - 8:12 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he hasn't spoken to Clayton Kershaw about starting Game 5 of the NLCS but noted the ace left-hander is "prepared for anything."

Kershaw is almost certain to take the ball in Game 5 if the Dodgers are facing elimination, but he'll go in Game 6 otherwise. Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday against the Cubs, striking out six while yielding just a pair of singles and a walk in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory. Kenta Maeda is lined up to start Game 5 for now.
Oct 18 - 4:45 PM

Clayton Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings on Sunday, defeating the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

The star southpaw punched out six on the night while allowing just a pair of singles and one walk. He was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings before Javy Baez singled with two outs in the fifth. Willson Contreras immediately followed with another single to give the Cubs their largest threat, but Kershaw was able to bear down and get Jason Heyward to pop out to end the inning. He now sports a 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 25/4 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings this postseason. He's expected to get the ball again in Game 6 of the series, though if the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 5, that plan could change.
Oct 16 - 10:57 PM

The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

The move was widely expected but was not announced until Saturday. Kershaw said at Saturday's press conference that he'll have no restrictions in Game 2. The last time we saw Kershaw was Thursday night when he threw seven pitches to pick up the save in the Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over the Nationals. He hasn't pitched all that well this postseason, logging a mediocre 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. The Cubs will counter with Kyle Hendricks, who led the majors in ERA this season.
Oct 15 - 5:30 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Cubs.

Kershaw threw 110 pitches on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLDS and seven pitches on one day of rest in Game 5, and now he'll come back for another start on two days' rest. The left-hander will face Kyle Hendricks on Sunday.
Oct 14 - 5:40 PM

Clayton Kershaw secured the final two outs for his first career save as the Dodgers beat the Nationals in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

It was assumed that Kershaw wouldn't be available after he threw 110 pitches in short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw all the rules out the window in this one. Kenley Jansen was clearly spent after throwing 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and walking a pair of batters in the ninth, so Roberts called on Kershaw to face Daniel Murphy. He got him to pop up to second base before striking out Wilmer Difo swinging for the win. This was Kershaw's first relief appearance since Game 5 of the 2009 NLCS.
Oct 14 - 12:44 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw is "absolutely not" available for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

It's not a big surprise. Kershaw threw 110 pitches on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rich Hill will start Game 5 and Julio Urias could end up playing a big role out of the bullpen.
Oct 13 - 5:38 PM

Clayton Kershaw yielded five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings but the Dodgers topped the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Kershaw wasn't at his sharpest, especially early, but he did finish the outing with 11 strikeouts and three of those five runs crossed the plate after the ace left-hander was lifted in the top of the seventh. Chase Utley grabbed the lead back for the Dodgers with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and Kenley Jansen closed out the Game 5-forcing victory with a clean ninth. Kershaw has now been charged with eight runs in 11 2/3 innings this postseason, but he'll be leaned on heavily in the NLCS if Los Angeles can advance.
Oct 11 - 9:02 PM

The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as their starter for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Kershaw ultimately got the nod over 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias. He'll be going on three days' rest, but the decision is not a huge surprise with the Dodgers facing elimination. For what it's worth, Kershaw owns a 1.89 ERA, and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over three previous starts on short rest in the postseason. The Dodgers need a big performance on Tuesday.
Oct 11 - 12:03 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, there are "signs pointing to" a switch from Julio Urias to Clayton Kershaw to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Tuesday.

The Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement, but they are facing elimination, so they appear prepared to go with their ace on three days' rest rather than the rookie. Kershaw labored through five innings for a victory in Game 1 while giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk.
Oct 11 - 11:52 AM

Clayton Kershaw did his usual day-before-a-start workout routine on Monday.

That sets him up to start Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest Tuesday against the Nationals, which is a likely possibility if the Dodgers are facing elimination. Rookie left-hander Julio Urias is currently penciled in. The best-of-five Division Series is tied 1-1 heading into Monday evening's NLDS Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.
Oct 10 - 3:55 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw an abbreviated bullpen session Sunday and is available as an option to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on short rest.

Julio Urias remains the likely starter on Tuesday, but if the Dodgers are facing elimination it's possible manager Dave Roberts will change his mind and give the ball to Kershaw. Kershaw labored through five innings in Game 1 but still picked up a win versus the Nationals.
Oct 9 - 12:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Enrique Hernandez
2Charlie Culberson
3Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Trayce Thompson
3Andre Ethier
4Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Darin Ruf
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
7Jose De Leon
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Pedro Baez
2Grant Dayton
3Josh Fields
4Alex Wood
5Josh Ravin
6Adam Liberatore
7Luis Avilan
8Chris Hatcher
9Vidal Nuno
10Yimi Garcia
11Louis Coleman
12Brock Stewart
13Carlos Frias
14Patrick Schuster