What, you thought Roberts was ready to announce the Dodgers' playoff rotation?
Not yet, not when Roberts still hasn't announced a full rotation for this weekend's series in Arizona.
Anderson, who has made just two big league starts this season because of various health issues, won't be pitching against the D-backs. Instead, the veteran left-hander will make a second rehabilitation appearance Friday night in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, as he attempts to come back from a blister on his left index finger.
As for the Dodgers' rotation, Roberts again said that rookie left-hander Julio Urias will move to the bullpen after his Tuesday night start against the Yankees. The 20-year-old has already exceeded his previous career high in innings pitched, so the Dodgers have long planned to use him as a reliever in the final weeks of the season and into October.
"That's the plan," Roberts said. "There's really no hard number [on maximum innings]. But probably, to get the best use of him, it's best to put him in the bullpen after this start."
The rotation still includes plenty of uncertainty, with Clayton Kershaw just returning from a back injury and Rich Hill still carrying concerns about blisters. Kershaw is scheduled to make his second start off the disabled list Wednesday against the Yankees, and Hill is set to pitch Thursday in Arizona in his first start since pitching seven perfect innings last Saturday in Miami.
Roberts has said Kenta Maeda will start Friday in Arizona, but he has yet to name any starters past that date. He mentioned Jose De Leon, Bud Norris, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling all as possible starters going forward.
Anderson, who missed the first four months of the season after back surgery, allowed 11 runs in four innings in his two big league starts in August. He pitched two innings in a rehab outing Sept. 3 at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, allowing five earned runs.
The 28-year-old Anderson is an Oklahoma native, drafted by the D-backs out of Stillwater High School in 2006. He'll pitch in his home state Friday, as the Oklahoma City Dodgers host the El Paso Chihuahuas at Bricktown Ballpark.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.