Clayton Kershaw made his penultimate start of the spring on Sunday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 at Maryvale Park in Phoenix. Kershaw pitched six innings, the longest outing of the spring by a Dodgers pitcher, and allowed two runs.
"Physically this is the best I have felt. I feel great, and am getting ready to go," said Kershaw, who will pitch on March 31 against Arizona in his final tuneup for his April 5 opening day start against the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers middle infield is starting to pile up the injuries, though most seem minor. Jerry Hairston, the primary backup at both shortstop and third base, was examined on Saturday and given anti-inflammatory medication for a balky right shoulder that has contributed to his five throwing errors this spring, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday and had two hits.
Adam Kennedy landed awkwardly on second base while recording a force out in the first inning and left the game three innings later as a precaution. Kennedy was diagnosed with a slight right groin pull and is listed as day-to-day. Justin Sellers, who is vying for the final bench spot as a utility man, missed his second straight day with a skin rash, but is due back on Monday. All three injuries are deemed minor and aren't expected to affect any decisions regarding the opening day roster, at least for now.
Ted Lilly missed a second straight day of workouts with a stiff neck, and is questionable to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Padres. It is unclear whether or not this will affect Lilly's availability to open the season. The Dodgers have an off day on April 9 and have the opportunity to skip a starter if needed.
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