Kershaw to start intrasquad game on Monday

Kershaw to start intrasquad game on Monday

Kershaw to start intrasquad game on Monday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw will pitch two innings in a modified intrasquad game Monday, manager Don Mattingly said Thursday.

Kershaw had his initial bullpen session pushed back two days because of mild back tightness, but has been unrestricted since. His first exhibition game appearance is scheduled for the fifth game of the spring, on March 9.

The left-hander did throw to hitters Wednesday, and Mattingly said Kershaw came out of that session with no issues. Mattingly said Chris Capuano also might pitch in the intrasquad game.

Mattingly said Aaron Harang, slotted in as the No. 4 starter, also came out of Wednesday's live-hitter session with no further problems from a right foot bruise caused by new orthotics. Harang, who missed a month last season for San Diego because of a foot stress reaction, has replaced his new shoes and orthotics with more comfortable old ones from last year.