SAN DIEGO -- While he warmed up for his Opening Day start against the Padres, Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw looked around to see where he could vomit on the field if he needed to.
Kershaw threw three scoreless innings before he exited because of illness in the Dodgers’ 5-3 victory over the Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park.
Kershaw, the 2011 National League Cy Young winner, said he was feeling better Friday afternoon before the Dodgers’ night game at Petco. He said he no longer felt queasy, but he was still weak and had been unable to eat.
“I felt pretty bad,” Kershaw said, recalling Thursday’s outing. “But I knew I needed to try and go out there, so I tried, and after that third inning, I started getting dizzy and lightheaded and stuff, so I couldn’t really do it anymore.”
Kershaw’s velocity was down, but he struck out three, walked one and gave up two hits in three innings. He said he was unsure what caused the illness.
“I just wasn’t throwing with a lot of effort. [It was] not so much changing mechanics,” he said. “I was basically just doing what my body would let me do. That’s about as much as I could do.”
Kershaw watched the rest of the game on TV at the ballpark. After he threw up during the eighth inning, he said, he felt better and was able to return to the hotel after the game.
“The bullpen picked me up, and they all pitched really well,” Kershaw said. “Happy for [Josh Lindblom] to get that win. That’s cool. We played well, so it was good to see.”
Kershaw said he’s “pretty sure” he’ll be able to start the home opener Tuesday against the Pirates.
“Hopefully, I can get some food down,” he said. “I haven’t been able to eat in a while.”