Dodgers: Dave Roberts not worried about dugout confrontation

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Roberts said the Turner-Grandal incident is “something that’s dealt with, over with and we’re better for it.”But Roberts would not support Grandal’s post-game comments. The Dodgers’ catcher said he thought the team needed “to play with some fire” and indicated he doesn’t feel that has always been evident.“I don’t think it’s been lacking,” Grandal said. “But at times I feel like we know we’re better than the other team and we just lay back and relax and wait for things to happen instead of making it happen.”Roberts clearly did not agree.“Talking about a teammate or calling him out on a certain specific situation has no relation to the fight in a team 67 games into a season, no,” Roberts said. “I know as a manager and I can speak to the coaches and I know a lot of the players are not relaxed and content going into a game. I’d love to know which players he feels are content and don’t want to fight. They won’t play that night.” LOS ANGELES >> The perpetually-upbeat Dave Roberts can find the bright side in anything — like two teammates getting into an argument in the dugout during a game.“I think having discussions or openly showing emotions with one another for the right reasons is fine,” the Dodgers manager said of the mid-game confrontation between Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal during Thursday’s game. “I think you see it in every sport throughout a season. It’s not something I advocate. But it can be healthy.”Turner confronted Grandal after Grandal’s baserunning gaffe in the sixth inning turned Turner’s run-scoring sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play and nearly wiped out the tying run. Roberts said he liked seeing teammates hold each other accountable like that.“That’s the ultimate goal. That, for me, sustains that consistency of greatness,” Roberts said Friday. “I think as a manager or a coach everything we teach the players is for the benefit of themselves and the ballclub. When you have a teammate that essentially calls you out in whatever capacity — as long as it comes from a place of trying to get him better and the team better then I have no problem with it.”center_img Rehab roundupLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu made his second start on his second try at a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment Friday night, going four scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.Ryu threw 60 pitches in his four innings and allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five.Yasiel Puig continued his rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga Friday night as well, going 1 for 3 with a single and a caught stealing. Puig played right field for seven innings and threw one runner out at second, trying to stretch a single into a double.Puig is expected to play one more game with the Quakes then have Sunday off before being activated from the DL Monday when the Dodgers open a series against the Washington Nationals.Right-hander Brandon McCarthy pitched three innings in his second rehab start Thursday night and will get an extra day’s rest before his next start. McCarthy is scheduled to pitch again Wednesday.Picks upThe Dodgers announced the official signing of 10 more 2016 draftees Friday including first-round pick Gavin Lux (a high school shortstop from Wisconsin) and second-rounder Mitchell White (a right-handed pitcher from Santa Clara University). Lux reported received a signing bonus of $2.317 million dollars (just a few dollars more than the slot amount assigned to the 20th pick overall).Also signing Friday were Western Nevada College outfielder D.J. Peters (fourth round), Lake Erie College outfielder Lucas Raley (seventh) and St. Mary’s College right-hander Anthony Gonsolin (ninth). The Dodgers have officially signed 18 of their 42 draft picks including seven of their first 12.last_img read more