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Stomach flu causes Clayton Kershaw to exit Opening Day start early

Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP

Clayton Kershaw made his second career Opening Day start this evening against the Padres, but he didn’t stick around for long.

Kershaw was bothered by the stomach flu and Vin Scully mentioned on the television broadcast that he had to talk his way out of being scratched. While his stuff clearly wasn’t as crisp as normal, the 2011 NL Cy Young winner still managed to make it through three shutout innings before being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fourth inning.

All told, Kershaw gave up two hits while fanning three, walking one and throwing a wild pitch. Oh, and he also had the Dodgers’ first hit of the game, a slap-double down the left field line in the third inning. Yes, Kershaw with the flu is still better than 99.9 percent of the world’s population.

Anyway, pretty crummy timing to get sick, but Kershaw should be fine for his next scheduled start.

  1. goodellmustgo - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    “stomach” flu.

  2. cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Gutty performance. Tip of the hat to him.

  3. bubbalynch - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Clayton is some special pitcher. It is going to be another great season. Think Blue

  4. illogic87 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    there’s no such thing as stomach flu. its called diarhea

    • lostsok - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      I was struck by the same thing…every time they showed McCourt in the stands. Accompanying by vomiting.

  5. micker716 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Kershaw’s hit was a single with an error (Guzman).

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