Apr 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT
Clayton Kershaw left his Opening Day start after just three innings because of the flu and still isn’t feeling 100 percent healthy, but the reigning Cy Young winner expects to make his next start Tuesday versus the Pirates.
Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that the Dodgers may have to monitor Kershaw more closely, indicating that he may not be on a normal pitch count if things look shaky early on.
And then the manager described Kershaw’s diet for the past week:
He’s still not eating the way he’d like to. I’d like to see him get more calories. He’s definitely better, he’s expecting to go, but we’ll pay attention to him. He’s been eating bland foods. Haven’t seen him at any Mexican grills yet.
Exiting an Opening Day start after three innings is bad enough, but when something keeps you from Mexican food that’s the real shame.
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