Team USA will have to go out and win the World Baseball Classic without arguably its best pitcher.
While losing Kershaw is a big blow to begin with, it's even bigger for Team USA considering the other arms that aren't participating.
Instead, he'll proceed with caution this offseason so he can prepare for the regular season.
Also on the fence is San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who is iffy on the timing of the WBC, and how it'll affect his regular routine with the Giants. He has yet to confirm one way or another.
While the team is still very talented, it got slightly more beatable without the services of Kershaw.
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