Kershaw likely unavailable for All-Star Game

Lefty scheduled to start for Dodgers Sunday prior, making him ineligible to pitch in Midsummer Classic

Kershaw likely unavailable for All-Star Game

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Friday offered updates on the status of two of his most likely All-Stars, shortstop Corey Seager and staff ace Clayton Kershaw.

Seager was not in Friday night's lineup, but Roberts said he was just being rested after returning to the lineup Thursday night following five games off with a strained right hamstring. Enrique Hernandez started at shortstop against the Padres.

"I talked to him last night, he said he felt good," said Roberts. "I told him he would be down today. He wasn't happy about it. Circled back and today he said he feels good. As of right now, we'll probably get him back in there tomorrow night."

As for Kershaw, a six-time All-Star but never a starter, chances of him starting this Midsummer Classic lessened when Roberts said the lefty will probably start on the Sunday before the game, making him ineligible to pitch in it at all. Kershaw, who beat the Angels Thursday night, is scheduled to start Tuesday night as well.

"I know Clayton's No. 1 priority is the team," said Roberts. "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I would think he would probably make that start for the Dodgers. Clayton's earned the right to be in the conversation, and a lot of it is dependent on how he feels, too. We've pushed him this first half. Make no mistake, his priority and ours is the Dodgers.

"I know he's prepared to make his next start, and I think with Clayton, he's going to be on the All-Star team and once we get to that bridge and figure out what Joe [Maddon, National League manager] has planned for the pitching, we'll have more information and Clayton can make that decision."

Roberts said he has not yet talked to Kershaw or Maddon about Kershaw's usage. Kershaw was named to last year's team but did not pitch because of a back injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.