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MLB: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw hit by line drive

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw received dental work on Friday night after he was hit in the face by a soft line drive hit in the team’s spring training game against the Oakland Athletics.

After being struck by a broken-bat liner from A’s infielder Andy Parrino, Kershaw immediately collapsed to the ground. He remained there for a few minutes, which Don Mattingly and other Dodgers trainers ran out of the dugout. After getting his mouth checked and throwing a few warm-up pitches he stayed in the game.

Via ESPNLosAngeles’ Mark Saxon:

It felt like getting hit with a pitch, nothing serious,” Kershaw said after Friday’s game. “I don’t think I panicked too much. It’s just sore.”

Mattingly stated Kershaw had one of his teeth chipped, and another was removed during his visit to the dentist on Friday night. He also added that he doesn’t anticipate that it will keep the three-time Cy Young award winner. 

The 27-year-old is expected to start his fifth straight opening day of his MLB career. Kershaw has won three out of the last four Cy Young awards, and last year became the first National League pitcher to win NL MVP since 1968.  He also became the first pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA titles, posting a career-best 1.77 ERA and lead the major with a career-best-tying 21 wins last season.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.

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