DeWitt in limbo

The Dodgers have had extended discussions about utility infielder Blake DeWitt in recent days, debating whether their promising youngster is better served starting the season in Triple-A and playing regularly, or staying up with the major-league club as a back-up infielder.

If he were to stay with the Dodgers, he’d likely play a lot of shortstop when Rafael Fucal is given days off. DeWitt said he’s very comfortable playing the position, having grown up as a shortstop, but Torre indicated the club thought Juan Castro and Chin-lung Hu were better defensively. That doesn’t mean DeWitt is out of the running though.

“I think he can hold his own there,” Torre said.

But when Torre projects what the 23-year old DeWitt can become if he continues to develop, he sees him like Boston third baseman Mike Lowell.

“The kid has such a tremendous make-up,” Torre said. “He’s still in the development stage. And it’s not easy to ask a young kid to come in and swing off the bench.”

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  • blue4blue

    If he is going to be a Lowell type third baseman does that mean that he is going to have to wait 3 years to be that player?

  • ELManiaco


    This is off topic, but is this Will Ohman talk serious? After reading Ken Gurnick and Bill Shaikin articles about giving Ohman a morning tryout and heading into a meeting with Coletti? It makes sense with Kuo being unreliable as he is with his past elbow issues, so much for Estes in that role??

  • cheba63

    Considering he pitched for them, and they are now in a meeting, it must be pretty damn serious. I don’t think this has much to do with Kuo as he is more of a set up guy, while Ohman is more of a situational lefty. And yes, hopefully this means no Estes.

  • Old Brooklyn Fan

    I think it would be better for DeWitt to go to the ‘Topes and play everyday at this time. He can be called upon when he’s needed.