Clayton Kershaw attempted to treat this off-season like any other, even as he welcomed the birth of his second child and navigated his first off-season since suffering a herniated disk in his back last summer.
He rarely ventured outside his hometown of Dallas. He began his throwing program in December and climbed atop a mound in January. Along the way, during weekly sessions leading up to his arrival at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, he tinkered with his enigmatic fourth pitch.
“I worked on a changeup,” Kershaw said. “Every off-season I say my changeup’s getting better.”
He paused to set up the punchline.
“Maybe I’ll throw one this year.”
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