The Dodgers had considered using Kershaw on short rest if they faced elimination Monday. However, after the 13-6 victory over the
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.