Dodgers’ Kershaw says no hitter ‘definitely special company’
A day after throwing his first no-hitter, Clayton Kershaw says he won’t take for granted the history of his accomplishment.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Seeing his best friend only one out away from pitching a no-hitter, A.J. Ellis got a bit teary-eyed.
Not that Ellis could get too emotional, though. The Dodgers catcher still had to call the pitches for Clayton Kershaw to finish off the gem.
Kershaw added to his most remarkable resume Wednesday night, throwing his first no-hitter and striking out a career-high 15 as Los Angeles beat Colorado 8-0.
Only one batter got on base against Kershaw — Corey Dickerson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez leading off the seventh inning. Kershaw struck out a swinging Dickerson to end the game.
“I guess I haven’t really thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things, but it’s definitely special company,” Kershaw said.
“I don’t take for granted the history of this, or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, it’s right up there with winning playoff games and all that stuff. It’s pretty cool,” he said.
•Atlanta right-hander Gavin Floyd broke a bone his throwing elbow during Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Washington. Floyd broke the olecranon — the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow — as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.
“It was fine until that last pitch,” Floyd said. “I felt a pop. And it wasn’t painful, at least.”
Floyd will return to Atlanta on Friday to be examined by team doctors.
• Washington slugger Bryce Harper showed plenty of pop in his first on-field batting practice since undergoing ligament surgery on his left thumb last month.
“Honestly, we almost ran out of baseballs,” manager Matt Williams said. “Between he and Wilson (Ramos), whoever gets in the park first today and goes to the outfield will have lots of souvenirs.”
• The Toronto Blue Jays placed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and recalled right-hander Steve Delabar, the former Mariner, from Class AAA Buffalo.
Delabar, just sent down Tuesday, and Cecil were both All-Stars last season.