Kershaw feeling better after bout with flu

Kershaw feeling better after bout with flu

Kershaw feeling better after bout with flu
SAN DIEGO -- A healthier Clayton Kershaw threw his regular between-starts bullpen session Saturday, and said he felt good and that he expected to make his scheduled start in Tuesday's home opener.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Kershaw threw a few more than his normal 35 pitches, which pretty much equaled his workload in Thursday's Opening Day start that was aborted after three innings when he was stricken with the stomach flu.

Kershaw felt well enough Saturday to follow the bullpen session with conditioning sprints in the outfield.

"I saw him in the food room. He was talking, actually smiling," said manager Don Mattingly.

Mattingly knew Kershaw was done Thursday night when he saw him laying on the floor in the tunnel between the dugout and clubhouse.

"Today he was actually standing," he said.

Honeycutt said he was comfortable that Kershaw will be strong enough by Tuesday, as did Kershaw.

"I knew I wasn't going to hurt myself," said Kershaw, whose first fastball was clocked at 85 mph and who purposely didn't follow through for fear that he would throw up if he bent over. He did hit 92 mph striking out Chase Headley with the bases loaded to end the third inning on what proved to be his final pitch.

"That's probably what did me in," he said.