The Dodgers plan to start veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco — and not ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw — in Game 4 of the National League division series on Monday, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told The Times.
The Dodgers had considered using Kershaw on short rest if they faced elimination Monday. However, after the 13-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, Honeycutt said the team would not risk using its ace Monday.
Kershaw has never pitched on short rest.
"He's our future," Honeycutt told The Times. "You don't want to mess around with it."
The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series two games to one. If the Dodgers win the series Monday, Kershaw could pitch Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
If the Dodgers lose Monday, Kershaw could pitch the decisive fifth game in Atlanta on Wednesday.