Nomar Garciaparra is now listed as, "doubtful," for Opening Day. The third-baseman announced that he will not resume swinging a bat over the weekend, as expected. Instead, the Dodger claimed that he has, "no control over it," and will be taking it easy.
With Andy LaRoche and Nomar Garciaparra now on the Disabled-List, Joe Torre has decided to extend Blake DeWitt's Spring Training time. The slugger has not played above AA Baseball, but is batting .372 thus far through the Pre-Season. The 22-year-old looks like a reallistic option at third-base for the 2008 Regular Season.
Tony Abreu is also a candidate to start at third-base in the 2008 Regular Season. However, the 23-year-old is still suffering from the aftermath of his abdominal surgery this past October. The youngster has only played in four Spring Training games thus far and does not look like a healthy candidate for the position.
The Dodgers are also exploring several other alternatives at third-base, such as throwing Chin-Lung Hu into competition for a starting job at third-base. Supposedly, the Dodgers have also expressed interest in acquiring Mark Loretta, Esteban German, and Ronnie Belliard. However, all of these teams will probably want a decent relief pitcher in return - which Los Angeles cannot afford to lose at this moment.
Although it would be a pleasure to see more of Tony Abreu, his health issues may interfere with his performance and playing time. Blake DeWitt, on the other hand, has been outperforming the talented veterans in Spring Training, indicating his potential in the 2008 Regular Season. Therefore, DeWitt should be a fine replacement until Andy LaRoche returns from his injury and reclaims his spot in the Starting Line-Up.