Kershaw is "good"

That was the answer Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt got halfway through Clayton Kershaw's first bullpen session of the spring when he asked Kershaw how he was feeling, and that was the answer the beat reporters got when they asked Kershaw the same question after the session was over. Kershaw is a young man of few words when it comes to his health, but clearly, the back tightness that delayed his first pen by two days is no longer an issue, allowing pretty much everybody in the organization to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Kershaw threw 30-some-odd pitches to Matt Treanor, the newly signed, veteran backup catcher who was catching him for the first time.

``It's always good to get to throw to (a new catcher) before you get into games,'' Kershaw said. ``Matt was great. He knows what he is doing, and he has been around a long time. I like the way he caught. He looks good back there.'

Kershaw is lockering next to Ted Lilly this spring. Lilly arrived in camp on Friday after missing the first few days to be with his wife and newborn daughter, and also threw his first pen immediately. He is sporting a black eye, the unfortunate result of being elbowed by his brother during a pickup basketball game. So that corner of the clubhouse is a bit of a convalescent zone, but at least Kershaw's problems seem to be behind him.