LOS ANGELES --- After saying that both Kiké Hernandez and Yasiel Puig would be in today's lineup, manager Dave Roberts spoke about the upcoming trade deadline during his pregame media session this morning.
Roberts did not identify one area of need for the Dodgers as the deadline approaches.
"I think that with our club, the way that we are playing, you can always improve," said Roberts, "our ballclub is as balanced as any ballclub in all of baseball for me, so you can always improve, there really is no area that is bigger to me."
When asked about the uncertainty of Clayton Kershaw's return and the need for a top of the rotation starter, Roberts saw that kind of deal from both the present and future set of eyes.
"You have to weigh what you have to give up for a starter, you have to take everything into consideration," said Roberts, "there's a couple of names that everyone is talking about and you have to give up something really really special, and it has got to make sense."
Roberts has confidence that the front office is trying to find ways to improve the team but understands why the team is also gauging future costs with the present.
"No, it's not hard because I have seen these guys and they are very good players, I think it is about understanding that our guys are very bright and they are doing everything to help our club this year and going forward."
Nonetheless, Roberts and his team will focus on winning that day's game.
"Obviously a lot of expectation, but I think for the guys in the clubhouse, we are focused on the guys we have in the clubhouse," said Roberts, "and until that changes, that can be our only focus."
"It is one of those things, it has been a message from me since spring training," Roberts said "in a major league season, this trade deadline is toward the top as to external noise and as a manager, my job is to keep the guys focused on winning baseball games, and to focus on what potentially could or could not happen, doesn't help the situation.
Addressing his own trade by the Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox, Roberts said when asked how he dealt with it, "with tears, it was a shock, I wanted to stay with the Dodgers, I didn't want to go to the east coast, I liked what we were doing," said Roberts, "you feel like your world is turning upside down,"
Roberts then paused and said with a smile "in retrospect, I wouldn't change a thing,"
Brett Anderson will make his next rehab start with the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Colorado Springs while the team is in Denver or will pitch again with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Wherever it is, weather will play factor in that decision. Anderson threw a bullpen on Sunday and is scheduled to pitch five innings in his next rehab start.
Roberts said that there was a "little something" with Yimi Garcia's knee and he didn't know the next time he would pitch during his rehab assignment.
Alex Wood got his stitches out on Saturday and Roberts said Wood will be pitching out of bullpen when he returns later this season.
Chris Hatcher had a third-degree oblique strain and so it seems unlikely that he would return this season.
Casey Fien threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen on Sunday, "he'll be back," Roberts said about Fien, "I don't know when but we are going to get him on assignment."
Roberts said that there is a possibility on Frankie Montas helping out of the bullpen in September but he had no specifics on his rehab.