SAN FRANCISCO -- The update on injured Dodgers Jonathan Broxton and Casey Blake is that there really isn't anything to update.
Broxton, on the disabled list since May 4 with a bruised elbow, still isn't throwing.
"I've seen him doing arm exercises in there," said manager Don Mattingly. "The last thing I heard is that he wasn't going to throw until he's pain free."
So, he's still not pain free. Broxton will be a free agent after this season.
Blake is on the disabled list for the third time this season, this time for an arthritic neck that is not responding to treatment. He's been on the DL since July 3 and has been limited to playing catch.
The Dodgers have two other players on the disabled list, pitchers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland, who are out for the rest of the year after surgery. Both will be free agents.
Mattingly emphasizing positive outlook
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don Mattingly was asked Monday why the Giants, with similar offensive statistics, had such dissimilar results as his Dodgers.
"It's pretty simple. They think they're going to win," said Mattingly. "What they did last year was huge. I've been on clubs the same situation as here [with the Dodgers] and been on clubs on the brink of winning. They think they're going to win the game somehow. It's hard to measure, but it's a big advantage."
The Giants are 26-12 in one-run games and 10-8 in two-run games. The Dodgers are 12-12 and 9-13, respectively, in those close situations. Combined, the Giants are 36-20 and the Dodgers are 21-25 in games decided by one or two runs. That differential accounts for 10 of the 12 1/2 games separating the teams.
Mattingly, with his club facing a do-or-die three-game series against the Giants, doesn't believe there is some magical answer to getting from one end of the spectrum to the other.
"It's not about self-belief," he said. "We think we can win, too. I'm not saying we're better than the Giants -- they're the world champions, they lead the division, handily over us. They're set up differently. Their whole belief is that they feel they're going to win each game. That's what we have to get to.
"It comes from winning. We're in close games and we haven't won our share. They're in close games and they are winning their share. They were the same last year. They won a lot of close games. Clubs like that walk around with that look about them. I've been around clubs like that. There isn't a huge difference in ability, but there's a mentality, a feeling they have that's an advantage."
That said, Mattingly said he's able to balance optimism with realism.
"I know what's going on," he said. "I see what's happening. That doesn't mean I don't stay hopeful and positive. I always believe in my guys and what can happen."
Asked for a scenario that would allow the Dodgers to pull off an unlikely comeback, his answer was only half in jest.
"If we won our next 30," he said. "The scenario is winning almost daily. Sweep here and go home and sweep. You saw Colorado win 20 of 21 a few years ago. These things happen. We haven't been able to do it, but I think it's possible."
Colletti to inform Kuroda of any trade talks
SAN FRANCISCO -- General manager Ned Colletti told pitcher Hiroki Kuroda he would inform him if trade talks for the right-hander took place, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kuroda, the subject of rumors involving pretty much any team looking for starting pitching, said he has not decided if he will waive his no-trade clause.
Although he's 6-11, Kuroda also has a 3.13 ERA. He will earn $12 million this year and can be a free agent after this season. The Dodgers are expected to try to re-sign him.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.