Clayton Kershaw ‘leaning to play’ next season

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw turns 35 next March. Despite that, it doesn’t look like he plans to slow things down for at least one more season.

Kershaw said Thursday he was leaning to play in 2023 as long as he felt physically capable.

“For now, I haven’t really thought about next year. But I think I’m inclined not to play, that’s for sure,” Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I reserve the right to change my mind, but as of today I think I have at least one race left.”

Kershaw didn’t guarantee he would make it with the Dodgers. Although he’s happy in Los Angeles, he received an offer from his hometown Texas Rangers last offseason and hasn’t ruled out considering the possibility again. The southpaw is expected to become a free agent again this offseason.

The three-time Cy Young winner has pitched high all season, posting a 2.39 ERA in 19 starts. He faced some injury issues, but nothing that derailed his season.

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