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.

Nolasco who is from Corona had a strong start after he was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins on July 6. He was 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA in his first 12 starts then struggled over his final three giving up 24 hits and 17 earned runs in 13 innings and losing twice.