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Clayton Kershaw could miss Dodgers' Opening Day, long streak in jeopardy

Clayton Kershaw could miss Dodgers' Opening Day, long streak in jeopardy

Clayton Kershaw has been the Dodgers' Opening Day starter the past eight seasons. That streak, however, could be in jeopardy. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Monday that it's "fair" to assume his ace will not be ready in time for the team's first regular season game this year. Kershaw is currently dealing with inflammation in his left throwing arm. 

After not feeling right in his first bullpen session of spring training, the Dodgers shut down Kershaw. The three-time Cy Young award winner is playing catch on Monday, and has continued to up the ante. 

Kershaw missed multiple starts in 2018 from back issues and biceps tendinitis. When healthy, he made 26 starts and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA over 161.1 innings pitched. After throwing a league-high 232.2 innings in 2015, Kershaw hasn't pitched more than 175 innings that past three seasons. 

The news has to be concerning for the Dodgers, especially after signing Kershaw, who turns 31 on March 19, to a three-year, $93 million deal this offseason.

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Walker Buehler is the likely candidate to take over for Kershaw on Opening Day. The 24-year-old went 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA last season and finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year race. 

The Giants don't face Dodgers until April 29, which could come right in time if Kershaw starts the season on the injured list.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dealing with arm injury early in spring training

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dealing with arm injury early in spring training

The start to spring training in Arizona has mainly consisted of rain and grey skies. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's been even worse than the weather. 

Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw is shutting it down after not feeling right in his latest live bullpen session on Monday. There is currently no timetable for when the Dodgers ace will continue throwing. 

Regarding the extent of the injury, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Kershaw not throwing more of a "re-set" than anything else on Friday.

The good news for the Dodgers is Kershaw's injury isn't related to his back. He was sidelined for the third time last season due to back issue. The left-hander also dealt with biceps tendinitis as well. 

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Kershaw missed multiple starts in 2018, totaling 26 on the year. When healthy, he remained elite with a 2.73 ERA, but his recent injury history is certainly a red flag. 

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to new three-year, $93 million contract

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to new three-year, $93 million contract

Clayton Kershaw will not hit the open market -- and Giants fans will continue to see plenty of him. 

The Dodgers and their star pitcher have agreed to a new contract, the team announced on Friday.

Kershaw's new deal with the Dodgers reportedly is for three years and $93 million, according to multiple national reports. It can be increased through incentives, and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported there are no opt-outs in the contract

Kershaw went 9-5 in the regular season, his lowest win total since 2009. The left-hander dealt with arm and back injuries this season, but he still had a 2.73 ERA over 26 starts. 

Once again, Kershaw showed he is in the upper echelon on pitchers when healthy. But the theme continued with him unable to perform on the biggest stage.

Kershaw had a 4.09 ERA in this year's NLCS against the Brewers, and he was way worse in the World Series. As the Dodgers came up short for the second consecutive season, Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in the Fall Classic against the Red Sox. 

Kershaw does some of his best work, though, against the NL West rival Giants. He's 22-10 with a 1.70 ERA in 45 games (44 starts) against them in his 11-year career, with six complete games and five shutouts. His 333 strikeouts are his most against any opponent.