The regular season is still more than a month away Larry Doby Jersey , but Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is struggling to establish a rhythm at spring training with health concerns getting in his way.According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the southpaw "didn't feel great" following a session of catch on Monday. "Might be a day or two before he picks it up again," Roberts added.Castillo noted the manager said the team still hasn't scheduled an MRI for Kershaw.This comes after Pedro Moura of The Athletic reported that Roberts said Kershaw is taking anti-inflammatory medication after his shoulder felt off following his throwing session. The manager suggested the veteran's effort to dial up his velocity could have played a factor.Despite the reports, Ken Gurnick of noted on Sunday the plan is still for Kershaw to start the Dodgers' season opener on March 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.There are few pitchers more important to their respective teams in the league than the 30-year-old Kershaw. He has a National League MVP, three NL Cy Youngs, five ERA titles, a Gold Glove and seven All-Star appearances on his resume and was still largely dominant last season with a 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings.However Bob Feller Jersey , there have been durability concerns of late seeing as how he has made 27 or fewer starts in four of the last five years.The Dodgers are looking to take the next step as champions following six straight NL West crowns and two straight World Series losses, but they likely need a healthy Kershaw by October if they are going to do so. Expect them to use the necessary precaution at this time of the calendar with their veteran ace. SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is set to start the season with his hometown Texas Rangers after going to spring training on a minor league contract.Manager Chris Woodward told Pence on Thursday that he will be on the 25-man roster as the team’s fourth outfielder when the Rangers open the regular season at home next Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.That means slimmed-down 24-year-old outfielder Willie Calhoun will start the season at Triple-A Nashville.Pence, a three-time All-Star who turns 36 on April 13, is a .280 career hitter in 12 big league seasons with Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He was part of two World Series championships with the Giants.Pence was hitting .333 with three homers and seven RBIs in 40 spring training at-bats through Thursday. The right-hander was a better fit for the Rangers roster at this point. He will make $2 million while in the majors.“This is a really big deal, and it impacted me in a big way,” Pence said. “To be honest , the way I ended last year and how I played wasn’t good enough. I needed to get better and I put my mind to it. I’m extremely appreciative of this opportunity and it’s very special.”Pence dealt with a thumb injury early last season, when he played 97 games for San Francisco. He hit .226 with four homers and 24 RBIs, all career lows, before playing winter ball.He played at Arlington High School and then at the University of Texas-Arlington, only a few miles from the Rangers home stadium.Calhoun is a left-handed hitter, like slugging corner outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, and designated hitter/outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Delino DeShields, a right-hander Joe Carter Jersey , is expected to start in center.“He was not happy obviously, and rightfully so,” Woodward said of Calhoun, who came to camp after losing about 24 pounds during the offseason. “This will be a learning moment for him to see how mature he can handle the situation. It’s not an easy one. He has done everything we’ve asked.”Woodward previously was with the Dodgers. The Rangers got Calhoun from Los Angeles when they traded Yu Darvish during the 2017 season.