Hours before he flew to the East Coast, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw played catch to start his off-season throwing program. After sitting out six weeks in 2016 because of a herniated disk, Kershaw maintained his optimism about completing a winter in good health.
“It didn’t hurt today,” Kershaw said Monday at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings. “So that was good.”
Kershaw took a week off after the season ended. Then he resumed his physical activity, looking forward to avoiding the back issue that hampered him. He stressed that he felt the injury would not affect his off-season planning.
During the rehabilitation process, Kershaw altered his...