LOS ANGELES It wouldbe understandable if Shawn Tolleson felt a twinge of jealousy every time hewatched Clayton Kershaw pitch last season for the Dodgers. But he insists hedidnt, not one bit.
Kershaw and Tollesonhave been friends since they played on the same traveling squad as teenagers inTexas. They were also teammates on the 2005 USA Junior National team.
Then their careers tookopposite paths.
Kershaw was afirst-round draft pick by the Dodgers out of high school in Highland Park,Texas. Tolleson suffered a horrific elbow injury in the first start of hissenior season at Allen High School near Dallas.
Kershaw climbed theranks of minor league ball and reached the big leagues in his third year.Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, took two years tofully recover and accepted a scholarship to pitch at Baylor University.
Kershaw won the Cy YoungAward last season after going 21-5. Tolleson spent his first full season in theminors last year, starting at low Cl...