Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ‘fine’ as he reflects on third straight loss

first_img“I’m fine,” Kershaw said. “It never feels good to lose but, I mean, yeah, I’m fine. It’s OK.”In the three losses, Kershaw has given up a total of seven earned runs. He’s actually lowered his ERA slightly (from 3.21 to 3.20) in the process. Saturday, the Marlins scored three runs against Kershaw: one on an overthrow from right field, one on a wild pitch (for which catcher Yasmani Grandal took responsibility), and another on a dropped line drive in center.“He may show frustration at the time,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw, “but when he gets away from it, I think he knows he pitched really well.”Surgery for Rodriguez Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI >> Clayton Kershaw has reached a new low. As is always the case with the Dodgers pitcher, that’s never as bad as it sounds.Kershaw allowed three runs in seven innings against the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Only one run was earned, the byproduct of two Dodger errors, but he was stuck with the loss nonetheless.It marked the first time Kershaw has lost three consecutive starts since he debuted as a 20-year-old in 2008.center_img Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove loose bodies in the back of his left elbow. He is expected to miss approximately 8-10 weeks. Rodriguez, who was already on the 15-day disabled list, has known for weeks that he had a bone spur in the elbow (a bone spur can become a loose body) that would eventually require surgery. But he was able to pitch four scoreless rehab innings over four games recently with Triple-A Oklahoma City, leaving open the possibility that Rodriguez could return to the majors right away. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly even said Friday that Rodriguez would join the team in Phoenix, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday. Now that Rodriguez is at least two months away from competition, his season might be in jeopardy. Mattingly said he “would think” Rodriguez could return in time to pitch for the Dodgers in the playoffs should their season get that far.The manager mentioned left-handers Daniel Coulombe and Ian Thomas as possible replacements on the Dodgers’ bullpen depth chart. “Depending on what our situation is,” Mattingly said, “there’s another couple guys we could use.”Anderson on Stanton: ‘I feel his pain’Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson said he noticed something unusual when he struck out Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game.“The last at-bat, the second time he struck out, I threw a 2-0 pitch, a fastball away,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if he winced but it didn’t look like a normal Giancarlo Stanton swing.” Stanton also appeared to wince during his ninth-inning strikeout against Pedro Baez. Anderson, who’s missed most of the last four seasons with injuries, could relate. “I did that last year; I broke my index finger hitting against Matt Cain,” Anderson said. “I feel his pain.”AlsoYasiel Puig will return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup after missing four straight games because of an exposed callus on his left palm. “I know we have a day game (Sunday), I want to play him for that. I figure give him one more day,” Mattingly said. … Puig pinch-hit for the second consecutive day Saturday against the Marlins and grounded out in the seventh inning. … Minor league pitcher Julio Urias, who had cosmetic surgery on his left eye in May, is making progress in his throwing program at the Dodgers’ training facility in Glendale, Arizona. The 18-year-old is now projected to return to Double-A Tulsa in mid-to-late July.last_img read more