LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are still considering starting ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Monday's Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series, three team sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com late Sunday night.
No decision has been made yet, the sources stressed. But manager Don Mattingly's postgame comments on the issue were noticeably vague.
Asked whether winning Game 3 had put to rest the debate on whether to start Kershaw on short rest in Game 4, Mattingly cryptically said, "I'd like to be able to close us out tomorrow. I didn't know there was any debate, really. Lot of questions, right? You never know what happens. Twists and turns of this game."
Ricky Nolasco is officially scheduled to start Game 4. It was assumed Kershaw would only come back on short rest for Game 4 if the Dodgers were facing elimination. But the Dodgers were still assessing the situation as of late Sunday night, sources said.
If Kershaw were to go on short rest, the Dodgers would still have Zack Greinke available on regular rest for a Game 5 Wednesday in Atlanta.
The National League Championship Series isn't scheduled to begin until Friday, Oct. 11.