"Once the season ends, nobody cares what you did, except the
The awards are nice and all, but Kershaw can feel the pain of
"Watching guys win the World Series looks like a lot of fun," he said. "I'd kind of like to do that."
Kershaw pitched five scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 6-4 exhibition victory over the
It is difficult to imagine any team depending on anything more this season than the Dodgers depending on 200 innings from Kershaw.
The Dodgers have enough depth to remain
"It's a thought I don't want to entertain," catcher
The Dodgers used a league-high 16 starting pitchers last season; no team used fewer than eight. Injuries happen. Kershaw has thrown 200 innings in five of the last six seasons, 198 in the other.
Kershaw said he does all he can to avoid injury, but he has seen fit and agile pitchers get injured and pitchers with dreadful bodies and/or mechanics endure.
"There's no rhyme or reason why people get hurt," he said.
Ellis had showered and dressed before speaking with reporters Sunday. Kershaw still was working out, after he had pitched. That, Ellis said, helped to explain why Kershaw has been more durable than most pitchers.
"The difference is what he's doing now," Ellis said. "He's out on the back fields of Talking Stick [ballpark], running foul pole to foul pole, when human nature says, 'Let's get out of here' … when every fiber of his being wants to go home and swim with his kid.' "
Players set goals every spring. Kershaw's goal, according to Ellis: He makes 34 starts, the Dodgers win them all, and the Dodgers win the World Series.
"That continues to drive him," Ellis said. "That's basically unattainable."
Shortstop in flux
Corey Seager said his left knee "kind of buckled under me" when he tried to stop while running the bases on Friday. He decided to take one more at-bat anyway.
"It probably wasn't my brightest moment," he said Sunday.
Seager feared he had torn cartilage, an injury that could have required surgery. Instead, an MRI examination Saturday revealed what Seager called a "mild sprain."
Seager and the Dodgers are hopeful he can return by the time the season starts in three weeks. Enrique Hernandez started at shortstop Sunday and will get the first shot to replace Seager.
Hernandez was drafted as a shortstop in 2009. The
Hernandez was the Astros' seventh pick that year. None of the other six, Mier included, has made the major leagues. The player the Astros drafted after Hernandez that year: Dallas Keuchel, the reigning
The Dodgers' projected starting infield — first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Howie Kendrick, third baseman