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Mattingly not worried about Kershaw's health

Mattingly not worried about Kershaw's health

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Mattingly not worried about Kershaw's health
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is going to continue monitoring starter Clayton Kershaw closely, but he said he feels comfortable with his ace on the mound, despite recent hip pain that forced him to miss a pair of starts this month.

Kershaw made his first start in 11 days last Sunday against the Reds, after being bothered because of a right hip impingement. He lasted five innings and walked a season-high five batters, which Mattingly attributed to rust. Kershaw started again on Friday night against the Rockies.

"If he was compensating, we wouldn't have him out there," Mattingly said.

Mattingly said Kershaw performed his between-start duties at 100 percent. If necessary, Mattingly has Stephen Fife and John Ely in the bullpen if there is any doubt about Kershaw on the mound.

"He was out running the next day," Mattingly said. "He threw the next day. He threw his bullpen the day after. He's thrown in between. He's basically done everything that he would always do after a normal start. In his mind, [the pain] didn't come back."

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