SEATTLE -- When National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw starts Saturday, the focus will be on his left foot, which he said does not bother him throwing despite a flare-up of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.
"It's not going to stop me from pitching," said Kershaw. "It's just annoying."
Annoying enough, said Kershaw, to scrap his normal conditioning running in the outfield, a major variation for Kershaw, who is fanatical about his daily routine. He did take his normal between-starts bullpen session.
"I'm throwing fine," he said. "It's just running."
Kershaw came up sore when he hit the bag running out a bunt in Philadelphia, something that won't be a problem in Saturday's Interleague game because of the designated hitter. He said the training staff is experimenting with different remedies from treatment to orthotics to alleviate the pain.
"It kind of got progressively worse the last 10 days to two weeks," he said. "Kind of the peak of the pain was when I was running to first, but it's gotten better the past three or four days. I should be fine."
Manager Don Mattingly said if Kershaw isn't worried, neither is he, but he did draw a comparison to Javy Guerra, who tried to pitch through knee pain before finally undergoing surgery this week.
"Right now it's not concerning at all," Mattingly said. "He's not feeling it pitching. With Javy, it affected his pitching, and that we can't allow to happen with Kershaw.
"As long as it doesn't get worse, I'm not really concerned about it. Maybe I should be, but I'm not worried about tomorrow today."