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Dodgers: Saturday pregame notes

February 28, 2009 | 11:47 am


TUCSON -- Blake DeWitt will start at shortstop today as Manager Joe Torre tries to determine whether the second-year infielder could be used at a utilityman. Third base coach Larry Bowa, the coaching staff's resident fielding expert who is working extensively with DeWitt, told Torre that he was ready to play the position in a game. The last time DeWitt played at shortstop was in high school.

Speaking of potential backup shortstops, Tony Abreu underwent an X-ray exam that came back negative, Torre said. Abreu will undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Here's the lineup the Dodgers will field today against the Colorado Rockies:
CF Matt Kemp
SS Blake DeWitt
C Russell Martin
1B Valentino Pascucci
LF Delwyn Young
RF Xavier Paul
DH Jason Repko
2B Luis Maza
3B Juan Castro
P Clayton Kershaw

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Dodgers second baseman Blake DeWitt applies a late tag to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins during a steal attempt in the third inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Time