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Dodgers giving Clayton Kershaw extra rest

Sep 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Clayton Kershaw is healthy, but with the division title all but clinched for the Dodgers and his workload already at an MLB-high 223 innings they’ve decided to give him some extra time between starts.

Kershaw had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but instead he’ll be pushed back until Saturday against the Padres.

Ken Gurnick of reports that Stephen Fife will fill in for Kershaw, who’s been merely really good rather than incredible this month. He logged seven innings of three-run ball last time out against the Giants on Friday, throwing 106 pitches, and leads baseball with a 1.94 ERA overall.

  1. icanspeel - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Could ruin his Cy-young bid.. already 0-3 vs the Padres this year lol

    • dannymac17 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      You can’t be serious.

      • icanspeel - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Was being sarcastic, except you can’t deny the Padres have owned Kershaw so far this year.

  2. spudchukar - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Good idea. Worked out so well for the Nats last year. If the Bums play game 5 or 7 on the road and lose, Kershaw and his teammates, can rest while they watch their rivals advance.

    • yahmule - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Because pushing one start back four days is analogous to the situation in Washington last year.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      You do realize there is a difference between shutting a pitcher down completely, and giving him some rest… right?

    • spudchukar - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      No, Baseball is a game I only learned yesterday. What is analogous is depriving your team of winning. If Kershaw is hurt, or suffering from a “tired arm” then perhaps the decision is valid. However, currently the Dodgers, are falling further and further behind in the race for Best Record in the NL. It is meaningful.

      The analogy is clear. The Nats chose to sit their ace. The Dodgers are choosing to do the same, in the hopes they are good enough to overcome the decision. I think that decision deserves critique.

      • simalex - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

        “the Dodgers, are falling further and further behind in the race for Best Record in the NL. ”

        erm, there’s no such thing as race for the “best record in the NL.” what does matter is winning your division and they’ve had the NL West effectively locked up for some time now.

        with grienke, ryu and nolasco all pitching very well (and if it weren’t for kershaw, greinke would be getting a lot more cy young talk) – i don’t think the dodgers have a lot to worry about by resting their ace.

  3. rasta028 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Dodgers have been dealing with a lot of nagging injuries, starting the postseason healthy is more important then Home Field advantage, that’s way overrated .

  4. rasta028 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:41 AM


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