CHICAGO — Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers on Sunday, and Rich Hill will start Game 3 on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Saturday.
“It’s not complicated in the sense that if he feels good, it’s a no-brainer,” Roberts said of Kershaw.
“I feel fine. I feel good. I feel excited,” Kershaw said.
Kershaw said he won’t be restricted despite throwing the final seven pitches of Game 5 of the Dodgers’ NL Division Series win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Kershaw started Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest Tuesday, so Sunday will mark his third appearance in six days.
Hill will start Game 3 after pitching the first 2 ⅔ innings Thursday in Washington D.C.
“I could pitch today,” Hill said, noting that the blister on his left index finger is not an issue. “It’s all hands on deck.”
Roberts said the Dodgers’ starter for Game 4 in Los Angeles on Wednesday remains to be determined. Julio Urias might be the leading candidate if the Dodgers feel uncomfortable starting Kershaw on short rest for a third straight time.
Here’s more from Kershaw’s pregame press conference Saturday:
Here’s more from Roberts, who said that Kershaw is also a potential starter in Game 6 of the series: