Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is not available for Game 5 of NLDS

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw reacts after striking out Nationals center fielder Trea Turner in the fifth inning of Game 4 on Tuesday.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

All hands are not on deck for the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Clayton Kershaw is “absolutely not” available to appear in relief, Manager Dave Roberts said before Game 5 of the National League division series against Washington.

Kershaw threw 110 pitches and logged 6 2/3 innings in Game 4. He was pitching on three days of rest, after missing more than two months this summer because of a herniated disk.

Kershaw played catch before Thursday’s game. If the Dodgers advance, he is on schedule to start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.


Rich Hill will start on short rest in Game 5. Roberts confirmed that 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias is likely to follow Hill on the mound at some point.

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