Clayton Kershaw is building strength in hopes of being ready to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day, and the left-hander took another step in the right direction on Thursday.

For the second time since he experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder last month, Kershaw threw a bullpen session. While he did not use his curveball at all, it seemed to go well.

The Dodgers have not formally announced an Opening Day starter, and it would not be a surprise if they decided to play it safe with Kershaw. Roberts acknowledged that the ace might not be ready for the start of the season, but the positive updates over the past week have been a good sign.