Clayton Kershaw “likely” to pitch on short rest if needed

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Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Dodgers and according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles if the series goes to a Game 4 “it appears quite likely” he’d start on three days’ rest.

Of course, manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that, saying:

We wouldn’t even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we’ll be in, so that’s not even a question that we even consider.

However, as Saxon notes Kershaw started on three days’ rest last postseason and performed well against the Braves. And that would also potentially set up Zack Greinke to pitch Game 5, meaning the Dodgers could use Kershaw and Greinke for four of the five games against the Cardinals.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.