Clayton Kershaw was given Thursday off and his throwing program has been put on hold after he told Dodgers’ staff that he “didn’t feel right” after throwing to hitters on Monday and in a bullpen session on Wednesday.

“He didn’t feel his best and we knew it was going to rain today so I told him to just go home … He’s a little down, so I just said go home. He just didn’t feel right.” – Dave Roberts

Kershaw is the Dodgers’ highest paid player, fresh off a new three-year $93 million contract extension he signed this offseason.

Kershaw has been shelved with back injuries in each of the last three seasons. He has dealt with both hip and bicep issues and has worked 149, 175 and 161 1/3 regular season innings from 2016 to 2018 after averaging 221 per for the previous six. His velocity has been trending down.

“I’m just taking a few days right now. This is a good time to take a few days. This is the time to do it. So I’m going to do it.”- Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw declined to explain what he meant by not feeling “right.” The Dodgers expect him to take a few days off to see how he feels. They will then determine the next steps to go from there.