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Dodgers: Saturday morning spring training notes

February 21, 2009 | 11:06 am


PHOENIX -- Manager Joe Torre said he spoke to Blake DeWitt this morning about the Dodgers' signing of Orlando Hudson, which will become official if Hudson passes his physical today.

The role of DeWitt, who entered camp as the Dodgers' projected starting second baseman, is undetermined. Torre said that third base coach Larry Bowa will work out DeWitt at third base and shortstop, a position he hasn't played since high school.

Torre opined that Tony Abreu was better-suited than DeWitt for a utility role.

But Torre wouldn't say if he was leaning toward playing DeWitt off the bench or having him play every day in the minors.

DeWitt has always handled unpleasant news well and Torre said this wasn't any different. The manager said he was confident DeWitt's spirit wouldn't be broken, noting, "If there's a breaking point, he's not the player we think he is."

Torre said that if the Dodgers fail to re-sign Manny Ramirez, there's a chance he could move DeWitt back to his natural position at third base and Casey Blake to left field. But he said that at this moment he considers Juan Pierre to be his starting left fielder.

Torre said he's been a longtime admirer of Hudson. "I always thought he was the best second baseman, range-wise, when he was in Toronto," he said.

Relievers Cory Wade and Yhency Brazoban, who have been shut down with discomfort in their shoulders, will resume throwing on Monday.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Blake DeWitt, playing second base, applies a late tag on Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins during Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times