SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who already has thrown a career-high 183 1/3 innings, will have his next start pushed back from Saturday in Houston to Tuesday in San Francisco, with rookie John Ely starting Saturday.
Manager Joe Torre didn't say that the change meant he had given up on the season, or that he hadn't. Protecting Kershaw's 22-year-old arm was part of the decision.
"It's a double-edge sword," Torre said. "Kershaw will pitch against the Giants. That's a team in better shape than we are. It's just the fair thing to do.
"He'll have the same number of starts [four]. We'll stick Ely in there [Saturday]. This way, Kershaw will have one start with regular rest [and extra rest for the other three]."
Kershaw is 11-10 with a 2.99 ERA. Kershaw is second in the National League with 197 strikeouts, tied for second with 29 games started, tied for fifth with a .220 opponents' batting average and in the top 10 for day and road ERA.
After a tough-luck loss Tuesday night, Kershaw said throwing 200 innings is a personal goal.