Kershaw gets teeth fixed, spring routine on track

Lefty took liner off jaw on Friday, but Opening Day start unaffected

Kershaw gets teeth fixed, spring routine on track

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw required repair work, including one extraction, on two teeth damaged when he was hit on the left jaw by an Andy Parrino line drive in Friday's game against Oakland.

Manager Don Mattingly said further dental work would be required, but Kershaw's spring throwing routine wouldn't be affected, and he would make his Opening Day start.

Mattingly said Kershaw received medical attention until 10:30 p.m. MT Friday. Kershaw arrived in the clubhouse Saturday morning and said he wasn't sure if he would do a normal workout.

Kershaw was struck by the broken-bat soft liner in the third inning, but remained in the game through the fifth and retired eight of the next nine batters he faced.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.