Rookie pitcher Clayton Kershaw was all the talk of the baseballblogosphere this spring. Baseball Prospectus touted him as the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization, and still has him ranked the #5 prospect in all of baseball. So Kershaw was called up to the big leagues in May and started his first game against the Cardinals, a quality start that earned him a no-decision as the game was decided in extra innings. Since then, the 20-year-old has been pretty average and has compiled an 0-2 record in 8 starts with a 4.42 ERA, just about league average.
But with starter Hiroki Kuroda coming of the DL this week, the Dodgers sent Kershaw back to double-A Jacksonville, where he was so successful in late 2007 and early 2008. Kershaw isn't too happy with getting sent back to the Jax Suns, as per Tony Jackson:
"Any way you spin it, I'm getting sent down. They can say they didn't have enough room, but they (brought) me up when they didn't have enough room, because all those (pitchers) were healthy then."
That's a nice way of saying "GODDAMNIT. JACKSONVILLE? You couldn't send me to Triple-A Las Vegas??" In order to illustrate what a Jacksonville Suns game is like, please watch this video. Done? Anyone in the right state of mind would rather be sent to Vegas than Jacksonville. Well, except Marcus Giles.