Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pushed Zack Greinke's scheduled start back to Monday, saying he wanted to keep his starting pitchers fresh and rested.
Mattingly, who hinted on Saturday that he might make this move, also kept Yasiel Puig out of the lineup because the outfielder has a hurt left thumb. Stephen Fife will start Sunday against the Cubs.
The move will also give Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw an extra day of rest. Los Angeles began Sunday with a 4.5-game lead in the NL West.
''Felt like the timing was right with this,'' Mattingly said. ''Felt like it was the right time just to give everybody an extra day.''
Mattingly said there was nothing wrong with Greinke, and that he expected Puig to be back in the lineup on Monday.
''He's better today than we actually anticipated,'' Mattingly said. ''We'll be able to use him in different capacities, but we're just going to be a little cautious. We had him in a brac...