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Clayton Kershaw expected to return from bereavement leave to start Friday

May 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP AP

Clayton Kershaw is away from the Dodgers on bereavement leave following the death of his father, but manager Don Mattingly told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the team is “pretty sure” the left-hander will be back to start Friday against the Giants.

That would mean Kershaw staying on his normal pitching schedule, as he left the team and traveled home to Texas after throwing eight shutout innings Sunday against the Brewers.

  1. lewp - May 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Sorry for your loss Clayton.

    From the Dallas Morning News:

    Kershaw, Christopher George Clayton May 24, 1949 – April 28, 2013 Christopher George Clayton Kershaw met his Lord and Savior face-to-face on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the age of 63. What we only know in part this side of eternity, Chris now knows in full (1 Corinthians 13:12). Chris was born in Manhattan, New York on May 24, 1949 to Reverend George Clayton Kershaw and Alice Irene “Peggy” Evans Kershaw. He enjoyed a sweet friendship with his only sibling and older sister, Joanne Margaret Kershaw Brockman, until her death in 2004. George and Peggy moved their family to Dallas where Chris grew up. He attended University Park Elementary School in the Park Cities and later, St. Mark’s School of Texas. Chris attended college at Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tennessee and later returned to his roots back in Dallas, where he studied at Southern Methodist University. From a very early age, Chris had a love and giftedness for music. At 18, he directed music for the Dallas Summer Musicals-the beginning of a bright career in the music business. He dedicated much of his time and energy to the advertising world as a jingle writer where he enjoyed friendships with world-class musicians from all over the country. Chris was awarded a CLIO Award, given to honor groundbreaking work and talent that pushes the boundaries of creativity. He later worked as a music composer, singer and producer for Jam Creative Productions. He was a brilliant mind and his respected, early career was a gift to the music industry. Chris is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kershaw, and her daughters Nicolette Noel Young and Madeline Elise Brooks. Chris and Carolyn also enjoyed the company of their two granddaughters Eden Noel Nalley and Luxe Nicole Young. He is also survived by his only son, Clayton Edward Kershaw and his wife Ellen. A memorial service will be held in celebration of Chris’ life at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Dr. Ron Scates will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the Kershaw family requests that donations be made in Chris’ honor to Big Thought (www.BigThought.org), an organization that runs a music program, donating instruments to underprivileged children. Our earthly loss is certainly heaven’s gain, for our sadness is buoyed in the sure hope that we have in Christ Jesus. We look forward to sharing in the freedom and eternity that Chris now experiences as a reality.

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