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"It was pretty awesome," said Kershaw, who has had bouts of control problems in the early part of his career much like Koufax did. "To sit there and talk to him for an hour was unbelievable. I learned more on that plane trip than I have in a long time."
Kershaw wont make his spring debut until March 7, long after Koufax is expected to leave camp to return to his Florida home. The Dodgers' spring training opener is Friday against the Chicago White Sox.
Spring training visits aren't exactly uncommon for Koufax. When the Dodgers trained at Vero Beach, Fla., their longtime spring home until 2008, Koufax would make sporadic visits and be available for instruction. He was also a minor-league pitching coach for the club throughout the 1980s.
This time around, he's likely to take a more passive approach as coach.
"Sandy will always be there," Torre said. "He just doesn't like to go out and be conspicuous. But if somebody has a question, he's certainly not shy about helping if he's asked to help."
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