The Los Angeles Dodgers are just a few games away from clinching the National League West, but it doesn’t appear that ace Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound when they do as the Dodgers have decided to push back his next start.
The 25-year-old Kershaw is leading the league in innings thrown (223!!) and wanting to give their franchise arm a break, the Dodgers decided it would be best to limit him in the final two weeks of the season.
The Dodgers will give ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw three extra days of rest and start rookie Stephen Fife on Wednesday night against the D-backs. Kershaw will instead start Saturday in San Diego.
The club believes Kershaw, who already has thrown a Major League-high 223 innings, needs the extra rest as a precautionary measure, especially with the chance of pitching deep into October. He has allowed two earned runs in each of his last two starts, his most recent coming Friday night against the Giants.
Assuming Kershaw takes the mound against the Padres on Saturday, that would give one final regular season start at home against the Colorado Rockies on September 27th, lining himself up on normal rest for the postseason opener.