UPDATES & NEWS
Clayton Kershaw (back) played catch prior to Sunday night's game, but there is still no definite timetable for his return.
While we'd like to take the "no news is good news" approach here, we have to update you bitter, irate Kershaw owners out there. We're not trying to rub it in at all that you used a first round pick on a starting pitcher. Seriously, we're not. As we said, there's still no timetable for Kershaw's return. Some estimates have him at least a month away, but we'll just have to wait and keep tracking his progress. Tough to sell him, but surely there's someone in your league willing to trade based on name alone.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Aldon Smith said he is "hungry" to bounce back in 2015.
While that's all well and good, the bottom line is that Smith needs to stay focused on the field and out of trouble off it. His suspension really hurt the 49ers defense and with a new regime taking over, he needs to really prove that he's more than just a problem child. He can be one of the best in the game if he's focused, so if he's really that hungry, the 49ers will let him eat. Analysis: Howard Bender