Ken Gurnick of MLB.com with another scoop here, reporting that Clayton Kershaw, who was in line to pitch on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks, will instead pitch on Saturday in San Diego and that Stephen Fife will take Kershaw’s start Wednesday. Ricky Nolasco (Thursday at Arizona) and Edinson Volquez (Friday at San Diego) are staying on schedule.
The story says the decision was made because Kershaw already has thrown 223 innings, but I’m sure it also has something to do with lining him up for the playoffs. Assuming Kershaw will start Game 1 of a National League Division Series, this means he will make each of his next THREE starts (including NLDS Game 1) on at least five days’ rest. The Dodgers are off next Monday, meaning, presumably, Kershaw will start Saturday against the Padres, Sept. 27 against the Rockies and in Game 1 on Oct. 3.
This still creates a disruption to the rest of the rotation, so I’ll try to find out from Don Mattingly today what the immediate plan is for everybody else. Once we do that, we should be able to figure out the entire playoff rotation — although you can assume Zack Greinke is the Game 2 starter, meaning the only detail still to be worked out is where Nolasco and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be slotted.