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Kershaw ready, but Nolasco still slated to start

Kershaw ready, but Nolasco still slated to start

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Kershaw ready, but Nolasco still slated to start

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw threw a shortened "touch-and-feel" bullpen session Saturday, leaving him as an option to pitch Game 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers on short rest Monday.

Manager Don Mattingly said he's still planning to start Ricky Nolasco in Game 4, but left some wiggle room.

"Right now we're scheduled to go with Ricky, and that's the way we're going to go," said Mattingly.

Would that change based on how Game 3 goes? If a Dodgers loss in Game 3 made Game 4 an elimination game, would Mattingly start the likely Cy Young winner?

"Obviously, again, you're going to go through every scenario," he said. "But really we're looking at Ricky as Game 4."

Kershaw has never pitched on three days' rest. He threw 124 pitches over seven innings Friday night. Because of the Tuesday day off, a Game 5 would set up Zack Greinke on regular rest. Kershaw would be pitching a Game 5 on one extra day of rest.

Nolasco allowed 17 runs in 12 innings over his last three starts. His last start was Sept. 25, so he will go 12 days between starts, with only one inning of relief Sept. 29 in between.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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