Although Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers had a good laugh about the line drive that toppled their ace on Friday afternoon, Kershaw paid the price Friday night.
He spent the evening at the dentist.
Kershaw said after Friday’s game that the only damage was the loss of “a chunk” of a tooth that was recovered. It turned out, according to Manager Don Mattingly, that Kershaw went to the dentist after the game and stayed until 10:30 p.m, with one tooth extracted and another repaired. Mattingly also said Kershaw could expect another dental visit to complete the repair job.
Mattingly said he did not expect the condition to affect Kershaw’s preparation for the season.
In other Saturday morning news and notes:
-- Mattingly said the Dodgers are in no hurry to determine their bullpen from “like 14" candidates. In the absence of injured closer Kenley Jansen, Mattingly said left-hander J.P. Howell and right-hander Joel Peralta are the only locks for the bullpen.
Mattingly also said he could use multiple closers based on matchups rather than pick one closer.
“We know we have that with Kenley,” Mattingly said. “I’m not sure we have that with anybody else.”
-- Left-hander Erik Bedard, one of the candidates to make an April spot start in place of the injured Hyun-jin Ryu, left Friday night’s split-squad game in San Antonio after “feeling a little something” in his left arm. Bedard will be evalauted after the split squad returns to Arizona Saturday.
-- The Dodgers are off Tuesday, but left-hander Brett Anderson will take his turn in a minor league game that day.