Clayton Kershaw ‘panicking’ message has Dodgers on alert

first_img“We always talk about having leaders in your clubhouse; you want to have leaders,” Mattingly said. “It’s really who guys will respond to, but really who guys follow as much as anything. Guys that play the game the right way, go about their business the right way, don’t make excuses going forward. Really in tough situations there, guys that do things right keep coming out fighting. “Kersh has a huge voice.”Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins believes Kershaw’s comment was “definitely” called for. “He’s 100 percent right about that,” Rollins said.Crawford ends Little League sponsorship Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Carl Crawford sponsored the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago that won the United States championship in last year’s Little League World Series. Crawford also flew the team to Dodger Stadium in October. However, Jackie Robinson West was stripped of its title in February when a local whistleblower discovered that children from beyond the league’s geographical boundaries played for the team. Crawford said he’s since ceased his sponsorship. “Taking a break from it this year,” Crawford said Tuesday. “Just taking the year off, pretty much.” Crawford said he learned Jackie Robinson West violated Little League rules “like everybody else found out — breaking news, stuff like that.” “I thought it was unfortunate, but stuff happens,” he said. “You move on. It’s a learning experience. Got to learn from it and try to do better next time.” Crawford might not have been the only sponsor who was motivated to cut ties. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jackie Robinson West took in more than $324,000 in donations from October 2013 to September 2014. JRW left Little League to compete in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth league this season.Urias in September conversation The Dodgers’ front office is currently discussing potential call-ups in September, when rosters expand to 40. Mattingly has characterized the call-ups as coming in two separate “waves,” one early in the month and another later on.Asked about 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, Mattingly said his name has been discussed. “He’s probably not one of the guys we would see right away,” the manager said. “We’ve talked about two waves of guys. He’s not one of the first waves of guys.”Urias has struck out 71 batters in 62 1/3 innings for Double-A Tulsa. He was limited to throwing 87 2/3 innings at Single-A last year, and is expected to have a higher limit this year. Even if Urias is called up, he might not pitch.“You want to bring guys up for a purpose,” Mattingly said. “Sometimes it may just be for him to be here, and to experience being on the club and traveling and seeing other teams play.”AlsoPitcher Mat Latos isn’t with the Dodgers in Cincinnati. The right-hander, who’s scheduled to start Saturday at home against the Chicago Cubs, threw a simulated game Monday in Arizona. … Juan Nicasio was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. … Second baseman Howie Kendrick “has a chance to play somewhere” in a rehab game by the end of this week, Mattingly said. Kendrick hasn’t played since he strained his left hamstring on Aug. 9. center_img CINCINNATI — When Clayton Kershaw said Sunday that he hoped the team was “panicking a little bit,” the message packed a punch.“When he speaks, guys tend to listen to him because of the respect I think they have for the way he goes about his business,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s not like he’s not backing it up with work or results.”Kershaw, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, is 10-6 with a 2.29 earned-run average this season. He leads the National League in innings pitched (177) and strikeouts (222).Sunday in Houston, Kershaw allowed one run in eight innings. The Dodgers lost in 10 innings. If anyone had a right to challenge his teammates’ effort, it was him.last_img