LOS ANGELES Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still insists that right-hander Ricky Nolasco will be his starter in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Monday, but if the Dodgers find themselves on the brink of elimination, it's likely that Clayton Kershaw will be called.
Mattingly doesn't want to consider that option, at least not until he has to, but Nolasco conceded Sunday that he's aware it's an option that could be used if the Dodgers lose Game 3 to the Atlanta Braves. Their best-of-five series is tied 1-1.
"This isn't about me," Nolasco said. "This is about the team. Whatever decision they make is going to be the best decision for the team.
"I'll be here ready to take the ball whenever they ask me to pitch."
Mattingly hasn't wavered from his pronouncement that Nolasco will pitch, saying on Sunday, "Right now Ricky is the pitcher in Game 4. That's what we've decided, so right now Ricky is the pitcher."
Everything, of course, is always subject to change.