Now you'd think he's guarding state secrets. Like this whole managerial thing is just some audition for his NSA career.
Friday night after the Dodgers’ 6-0 loss to the
The Dodgers have to be down to their 25-man roster by Monday and clearly players had been informed of final decisions. Not that Mattingly was willing to share them.
"Next time I talk to you, I'll have a little better picture," Mattingly said. "Or a finished picture. Or whatever picture you want."
But the 25-man squad for the opener has been set?
"I think we're there," he said. "I think we've kinda got it … yes."
The admission seemed so painful. You wanted to check his brow to see if he needed beads of sweat patted away. Do you need a glass of water?
"I know, I hate giving it up," he said.
OK, so the roster is set and, you know, may or may not be announced Saturday. There's no game Sunday, so you can only hope.
But since the double-secret decision has been reached, here's a last guess at who will trot out to be introduced Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
Rotation (4): Clayton Kershaw, Zack Grienke,
Infield (7): Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick,
The Dodgers really like Enrique Hernandez, so he may get the final infield spot over Barney. Ethier way, this spot is likely temporary.
The Dodgers will need a fifth starter by April 14. Joe Wieland was a leading candidate but was already sent down to the minors. If they want him to take the start, he would have to be on the opening day roster. Otherwise, he can't be called up for 10 days, and April 14 falls on the ninth day.