Ker­shaw ex­pected to throw next week

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPRING TRAINING -

The Dodgers said Satur­day that ace left-han­der Clay­ton Ker­shaw is feel­ing bet­ter and should re­sume his reg­u­lar throw­ing pro­gram next week.

Roberts gave Ker­shaw a chance to “re­set” af­ter two spring out­ings on the mound. The three-time Cy Young Award win­ner said he “just didn’t feel right” af­ter a live bat­ting prac­tice ses­sion Mon­day and a bullpen Wed­nes­day.

“Right now, we’re go­ing to stick with the same pro­gram and see how he feels,” Roberts said. “I know talk­ing to him, he feels bet­ter phys­i­cally. When the train­ing staff de­cides that we can ramp things back up, we will do so.”

Ker­shaw has dealt with back in­juries the last three sea­sons and a shoul­der in­jury last year.

“Just in talk­ing to him and see­ing his dis­po­si­tion, he’s en­cour­aged by how his body is re­spond­ing,” Roberts said.

The 30-year-old Ker­shaw signed a three-year, $93 mil­lion con­tract in Novem­ber af­ter go­ing 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts last sea­son.

Al­faro tripped up: Newly ac­quired Mar­lins catcher Jorge Al­faro bruised his right knee when he col­lided with the dugout rail­ing and then fell down the steps chas­ing a foul ball.

Al­faro fin­ished the in­ning but then came out of the team’s spring train­ing opener against the Car­di­nals. He said he wasn’t se­ri­ously hurt.

Al­faro was ob­tained two weeks ago along with two pitch­ing prospects and in­ter­na­tional sign­ing bonus money from the Phillies for All-Star catcher J.T. Real­muto.

Reds add Igle­sias: The Reds hired a new man­ager and 10 coaches, re­built their start­ing ro­ta­tion and brought in two big-hit­ting out­field­ers dur­ing the off­sea­son.

On the day of their first Cac­tus League game, the Reds con­tin­ued to shore up their bench.

The Reds signed short­stop Jose Igle­sias to a mi­nor-league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to big-league spring train­ing.

The 29-year-old Cuban na­tive played in 125 games for the Tigers last sea­son, hit­ting .269 with five home runs and 48 RBIs. He be­came a free agent af­ter the sea­son.

“He pro­vides great depth. He’s been a short­stop, he’s played sec­ond base, third base,” Reds man­ager David Bell said. “He’s been a suc­cess­ful ma­jor­league player on re­ally good teams. He brings ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning. If he makes the team, he will make us a deeper, bet­ter team.”

Bell also made clear that Jose Per­aza will be the Reds’ start­ing short­stop.

“Per­aza has made great strides. We be­lieve in what he’s do­ing,” Bell said.

Ex­tra in­nings: Out­fielder/ first base­man Jose Martinez signed a $3.25 mil­lion, two-year con­tract to re­main with the Car­di­nals, who es­sen­tially bought out his first year of ar­bi­tra­tion af­ter this sea­son . ... The In­di­ans of­fi­cially signed for­mer Al­lS­tar re­liever Tyler Clip­pard to a mi­nor-league con­tract. If he makes the 40-man ros­ter, Clip­pard would re­ceive a $2.5 mil­lion salary while in the ma­jors.

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