GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Perhaps later in his tenure as Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts will allow himself to be dragged off script. It was not going to happen Saturday before the team's first spring workout.
Asked if he could just confirm the obvious and say Clayton Kershaw was his Opening Day starter, Roberts settled in somewhere between affirmation and denial.
"I think that makes a lot of sense, but I think we're just going to wait to make it a little more formal," Roberts said. "But it makes a lot of sense."
If the Dodgers have targeted the perfect time to make it official, then it can wait. More of a question is how the rotation will line up behind Kershaw, with Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood all starting options.
Roberts was even less revealing there.
"I think that we have a very good idea of where we want to go and how it's going to shake out," said Roberts, when asked about the rest of the rotation. "But competition is always a good thing and with six weeks there is a lot of things that can kind of happen. But we have an idea of where we want to go, for sure."
To Kershaw's credit, he most certainly knows he is going to be aimed toward the April 4 opener, but he refuses to take spring training for granted.
"I'm thankful enough to kind of know my spot on the team, but it's not just about going through the motions," said Kershaw, who is expected to start his sixth consecutive opener. "You have to treat each game like a big-league game and I feel like that's the only way to prepare for a big league atmosphere, even though you really can't simulate it. Spring training games are as close as you're going to get. Facing those big league hitters a couple of times through the order is really important for me."