Making Moves: Onelki, Tolleson, Yimi, Thomas to AFL + Kemp getting healthy, Kershaw getting rest

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The Dodgers pushed back Clayton Kershaw‘s most recent start to give him three extra days of rest as the regular season winds down.

The Dodgers will give ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw three extra days of rest and start rookie Stephen Fife on Wednesday night against the D-backs. Kershaw will instead start Saturday in San Diego.

The club believes Kershaw, who already has thrown a Major League-high 223 innings, needs the extra rest as a precautionary measure, especially with the chance of pitching deep into October. He has allowed two earned runs in each of his last two starts, his most recent coming Friday night against the Giants.

Kershaw is healthy and threw a bullpen session Monday, instead of his normal throw day Sunday, and figures to throw another Wednesday.

It’s the right move, as Kersh has certainly looked a bit tired on the bump recently, laboring through some innings in his last few starts. He proceeded to dominate in his Saturday start.

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Chris Withrow missed the Dodgers clinching the NL West to witness the birth of his first child.

Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow wasn’t at Chase Field when the Dodgers clinched the National League West title on Thursday in Phoenix, but he didn’t exactly miss it.

Withrow left the club to be with wife Jaclyn for the birth of their first child, Walker, who was delivered Wednesday. Modern technology intervened so Withrow could feel connected as his teammates sprayed champagne and splashed in the Chase Field swimming pool.

“I watched the celebration on the phone,” said Withrow. “I felt I was celebrating two different things at the same time. It was pretty cool.”

Withrow said he had no regrets about the decision to leave.

It was the right decision, and honestly the only one in my eyes.

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Matt Kemp was activated from the DL.

Matt Kemp rejoined the Dodgers on Monday at Chase Field, and the outfielder was activated before the four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Kemp took early batting practice and ran the bases under the scrutiny of director of medical services Stan Conte before the game, and proved healthy enough to play.

He’s looked much better at the plate than he has for much of this injury-filled campaign, perhaps due to a few adjustments.

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The Dodgers finalized their Arizona Fall League group, with Onelki Garcia, Shawn Tolleson, Yimi Garcia, and Mike Thomas slated to participate.

The Dodgers added a quartet of pitchers to their Arizona Fall League contingent on Tuesday, as Onelki Garcia, Shawn Tolleson, Yimi Garcia and Mike Thomas were added to the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs.

The position players attending are highlighted by Corey Seager.

Garcia and Tolleson have the most upside at the major league level and have the stuff and talent to be big pieces of the pen moving forward.

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The Dodgers signed 19-year-old Japanese righty Takumi Numata to a minor-league deal.

The Dodgers signed 19-year-old Japanese free agent right-handed pitcher Takumi Numata to a minor league contract, the team announced on Monday.

Numata graduated Ohgaki Nihon University High School in 2012 and played this season for the Edion AIT OB Blits in the Japanese Industrial League. Not much is known about Numata but for what it’s worth Sunny at the Japanese Baseball Blog NPBBaseball.com says Numata as a 92-93 mph fastball.

Dodgers scouts Iaso O’Jimi and Pat Kelly, both hired in the last 11 months as part of the Dodgers’ beefed-up international scouting program, signed Numata.

Numata will report to the Dodgers’ training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., and will work out with the Dodgers’ instructional league team.

The Dodgers continue to spend internationally after years of inactivity. Unfortunately, there could be some problems, as Chad got into here.

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