The Los Angeles Dodgers are pushing back Clayton Kershaw's next start three days, but it's merely to give him more rest.
Kershaw is healthy, but with the Dodgers holding a 9 1/2-game lead in the National League West and Kershaw having worked 223 innings, the most in the major leagues, the team wants to give him some extra time off between starts before the playoffs.
Kershaw, who is 14-9 with a league-leading 1.94 ERA, was scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but instead he will not pitch until Saturday against the San Diego Padres.
Stephen Fife will start Wednesday's game for the Dodgers, according to MLB.com.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte returned to the starting lineup for the first time since August 18 on Tuesday.
The addition of Marte, who is batting .282 with 11 homers and 36 stolen bases, gives a boost to the Pirates offense as they battle St. Louis and Cincinnati in the National League Central.
Marte was activated from the disabled list on September 7 after recovering from a badly bruised hand. But since then he played in only seven games, and only as a pinch-runner of defensive replacement. He has not had an at-bat since he was injured August 18.
Marte is listed as the Pirates' starting left fielder and is batting leadoff in Tuesday's game against San Diego.