PHOENIX — It was only a spring-training game, but it didn't matter.
"It matters to me,"
Kershaw was upset Monday after making his second exhibition-season start, which was even worse than his first.
"Physically, I feel great," Kershaw said. "I don't have any excuses. I don't know. I'm searching for answers right now."
Kershaw left with the
Five days earlier, he gave up three runs and five hits in two innings against the
Kershaw acknowledged he was concerned. He said he hasn't felt right the entire spring, even in bullpen sessions.
"I haven't felt great yet," he said. "The first two innings I thought I maybe figured some things out. Maybe I did, but it really doesn't matter after the third inning."
That these games don't matter was of little consolation to him.
"I don't believe you come in to get ready," he said. "You're supposed to be ready to go every time you pitch."
"He's not going to be at 90 pitches by then," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers still haven't named their pitchers for the two-game series, but Diamondbacks Manager
Pitching prospect Ross Stripling traveled to Los Angeles to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who reviewed the results of the recent MRI exam on his elbow. … Kershaw was among six major league players named to the advisory board of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a nonprofit group that educates young athletes on the dangers of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.