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Dodgers won't use off-day to move up Kershaw

Ace to pitch Saturday vs. Nationals; Farmer excited for playing time at third
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SAN DIEGO -- With an off-day looming on Thursday, the Dodgers' starters are going to get some additional time off.

Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that Clayton Kershaw, fresh from Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks which snapped a three-game skid, won't pitch again until Saturday against the visiting Washington Nationals.

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SAN DIEGO -- With an off-day looming on Thursday, the Dodgers' starters are going to get some additional time off.

Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that Clayton Kershaw, fresh from Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks which snapped a three-game skid, won't pitch again until Saturday against the visiting Washington Nationals.

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"Everyone will be pushed back in the rotation, giving each pitcher five days of rest,'' Roberts said.

In their run to the National League title last season, the Dodgers used a five-man rotation, but their starting pitchers had more than four days' rest in 115 of the 162 games.

"Everything will stay the same,'' Roberts said. "We'll just give everyone an extra day this turn.''

Farmer time
With Logan Forsythe (shoulder) going on the disabled list -- where he joins Justin Turner (wrist) -- it was Kyle Farmer's time to start at third base on Monday night against the Padres.

Farmer, who was a shortstop at the University of Georgia, sees most of his playing time at catcher. But he's eager to contribute from wherever on the field.

"Any playing time is good playing time,'' Farmer said. "I'm sad to see Logan go down. But him and J.T. will be back soon. So I'm just going to make the most out of the opportunity I've got to go out there and get another 'W' and get us rolling.''

Roberts said he's comfortable with Farmer at third.

"He can catch it and he has an accurate arm,'' Roberts said. "And I wanted to get him a start. He's been having some quality at-bats."

Video: LAD@SF: Farmer gives Dodgers lead with double in 10th

Farmer has three other starts at third this year, with the Dodgers winning two of those games. He said the adjustment isn't that significant going to the hot corner from catcher.

"The infield is my home, so I will play anywhere,'' he said. "The ball does come at you a little hotter at third. So I'll see if I can knock down a few.''

Farmer's four pinch-hits tie him with teammate Chase Utley and the Cubs' Tommy La Stella for the most in the Majors.

Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego.

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