Kershaw's back 'fine' after session

Kershaw's back 'fine' after session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw's delayed bullpen session went off without a twinge on Friday.

Kershaw, whose scheduled workout on Wednesday was scratched because of mild back tightness, threw 36 pitches to new backup catcher Matt Treanor and pronounced himself healthy.

"I'm fine," said the left-hander, who seems reluctant to talk about his health. "Got everybody out."

Kershaw is scheduled to make his first exhibition start on March 9 against the Rangers, putting him on a schedule that would allow a quick return to Los Angeles to receive the Sportsman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Sports Council on March 15.

The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has already been named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter for the second successive season by manager Don Mattingly.

Reliever Mike MacDougal, whose Wednesday bullpen session also was pushed back after he felt a twinge in his lower back during fielding drills, pitched a bullpen session Friday with no ill effects.