The Dodgers have optioned 20-year-old rookie left-hander Clayton Kershaw to Class AA Jacksonville the day after he made his 17th professional start of the season without getting a win. Kershaw found out about 10 minutes ago and was packing his things. "It's disappointing, but it's a business," he said. "I'm going to Jacksonville to keep pitching like I'm supposed to. I didn't expect it. Right now, I'm just disappointed." Mark Sweeney saw Kershaw with media gathered around his locker and told Kershaw, "Keep going, buddy."
So that's what Sweeney is good for, moral support! Seriously, it's a sure bet Kershaw will back this season. Even though wins are overrated, it will be nice if he can go to the minors and get this particular monkey off his back. We'll keep a seat warm for you, Clayton!