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Clayton Kershaw still sick, 'pretty sure' he can pitch home opener

April 06, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw hopes to be on the mound Tuesday when the Dodgers play Pittsburgh in their home opener.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw hopes to be on the mound Tuesday when the… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

SAN DIEGO – Still sick with a stomach flu that cut short his opening-day start, Clayton Kershaw said he was “pretty sure” he would be able to pitch in the Dodgers’ home opener Tuesday.

“We’ll see,” Kershaw said.

Kershaw reported a minor improvement in his condition.

He pitched three scoreless innings Thursday in the Dodgers’ 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

“I felt pretty bad,” he said. “I know I needed to try to get out there. After that third inning, I started getting dizzy and lightheaded and stuff, so I really couldn’t do it anymore.”

Upon exiting the game, Kershaw tried to return to the team hotel across the street from Petco Park but was too weak to do so.

He said he threw up in the eighth inning.

“Last night was not very much fun, either,” he said.

Kershaw isn’t sure whether he will throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session Saturday.

“Play it by ear,” he said. “Don’t know. I don’t feel queasy anymore. I feel weak.”

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