7/30/2014 12:36 A.M. ET
Mattingly doesn't expect big moves at Deadline
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Despite rumored links to star pitchers Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and the like, manager Don Mattingly said he's "not expecting anything huge" for the Dodgers before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
There's been talk the Dodgers could add a starting pitcher, deal one of their surplus outfielders -- or both -- but Mattingly hasn't added any fuel to that fire.
"I'm happy with our club," he said Tuesday. "We feel like we're good enough to get where we want to go. Anything I'm saying, that we want this or that, to me, is always negative for our players that are here, saying our guys aren't good enough."
The crowded outfield, in particular, has been the focus of much discussion. The Dodgers recently moved Yasiel Puig to center field and Matt Kemp to right field, with Carl Crawford starting in left and former All-Star Andre Ethier the odd man out.
But Mattingly said Ethier has taken the decision in stride. If the Dodgers don't make a move to unload an outfielder, the manager doesn't anticipate any issues in the clubhouse.
"I think Andre understands the situation," Mattingly said. "He didn't tell me how happy or unhappy he was with it. I think he's been around here long enough to know that that could change any moment. One misstep, or if something happens, changes his role.
"We've invested too much to get to this point. It's not really about who's playing, who's not playing at this moment. It's going to be about us winning."
Dodgers part with left-hander Elbert
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reinstated left-hander Scott Elbert from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, then designated him for assignment.
Elbert was a first-round selection (17th overall) by the Dodgers in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He last pitched in the Majors on Aug. 26, 2012, as he's tried to work his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2013.
Elbert made 15 rehab appearances (two starts) in the Dodgers' Minor League system this year, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA.
He went 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 120 career games for the Dodgers.
Dodgers prepare for Barney's arrival
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects newly acquired infielder Darwin Barney to join the club as soon as Wednesday.
Barney, acquired from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash on Monday, will provide the Dodgers with a sure-handed fielder off the bench. Barney, 28, won a Gold Glove as the Cubs' second baseman in 2012.
"I think we look at him as a depth guy -- obviously, a guy that's a Gold Glove second baseman," Mattingly said Tuesday. "I think we feel like he can play short. We think he can play third, and he kind of adds depth to what we're doing."
Mattingly wouldn't say what the corresponding move would be when the club adds Barney to the roster.
"We usually don't talk about those until we're going to do something," he said.
Barney has primarily been a glove-first player for the Cubs, batting .244/.290/.335 in his five-year career. He's hitting .230 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 204 at-bats this season.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.