MLB notes: Kershaw no closer to extension with Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw pumps his fist as the Dodgers defeat the San...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw pumps his fist as the Dodgers defeat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, Calif. April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Alex Gallardo)

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, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the near future.

The agent for Kershaw, Casey Close, was at Dodger Stadium Tuesday but a new deal doesn't appear to be coming down the pipe, according to the Los Angeles Times. Close also met with the Dodgers on Monday.

Kershaw, the defending National League Cy Young award winner, said during spring training that he didn't want negotiations to continue into the regular season. The two sides were working on a deal before opening day but no agreement has been reached.

Kershaw will make $11 million this season and is eligible for salary arbitration in 2014. He can become a free agent after the 2014 season.

DARVISH DIGIT ISSUES

Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish nearly pitched a perfect game Tuesday against the Houston Astros despite developing a blister on his right ring finger as the innings mounted, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Darvish recorded 26 straight outs before giving up a single to the Astros' Marwin Gonzalez with two out in the ninth. He threw 111 pitches in his first regular-season start, which resulted in a small blister on his ring finger.

The Rangers aren't concerned about the blister, though, and expect Darvish to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the L.A. Angels.

BARTOLO ALMOST BACK

The Oakland A's will reportedly have Bartolo Colon start Saturday against the Houston Astros, the day his 50-game suspension ends.

According to CSNBayArea.com, 39-year-old Colon will bump rookie Dan Straily from the rotation.

"We think that's the right thing to do based on the workloads last year," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Colon hasn't started since Aug. 18 last year, when he was hit with a 50-game ban for using testosterone. He re-signed with the A's during the off-season, getting a one-year, $3 million deal, despite the suspension.

BRIEFLY

The New York Yankees released lefty reliever Clay Rapada, who is currentl out with a shoulder injury. Rapada appeared in 70 games last season, posting a 2.82 earned-run average in 38 innings ... Houston Astros starter Alex White might undergo Tommy John surgery, according to the Houston Chronicle. White, expected to be the Astros fourth starter, hurt his elbow late in spring training and was put on the 60-day disabled list ... St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese might not be ready to return to the lineup Monday as expected. Freese, who is on the DL with a back injury, was hoped to be available for the Cards' home opener.


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