This definitely wasn’t the start that Clayton Kershaw wanted to have. The defending CY Young award winner pitched just three innings against the Padres due to the stomach flu.
Manager Don Mattingly suggested that he might’ve scratched Kershaw completely, but Kershaw overruled him and gave his best effort.
A long in the top of the fourth rally confirmed that Kershaw was done for the night because reliever, Josh Lindblom immediately started to warm-up once the inning surpassed ten minutes.
Kershaw left with a 2-0 lead, but didn’t pitch enough innings to qualify for his first win of the season. The reigning sign CY Young winner was very efficient in his three inning of work, however. He struck out three on one walk and two hits.
The young lefty should be 100 percent in his next start, and there should be no concerns. It was just one of those things that come up, and unfortunately for Kershaw it just happened to fall on opening day.