Kershaw expected to throw next week
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 All-Star 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.