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Thursday, April 1, 2010
No. 5 Starter Watch: Dodgers (and DeWitt)

No fooling: Charlie Haeger's won his spurs. From Dodger Thoughts:
DeWitt's already had an interesting career, grabbing the every-day job at third base in 2008 before he was ready, then playing semi-regularly in late September as the Dodgers fought off the Diamondbacks for the division title. Last year he was hurt, and spent most of the season with Albuquerque. I think he'll hit OK, but I'm not sure OK's good enough for a guy who's not proved he can play a decent second base. Statistically speaking. We'll see.

Meanwhile, the main event ... I never really believed Joe Torre would trust a knuckleballer with a slot in the rotation. Not for long, anyway. Haeger got three starts in last August, pitched well in two of them, and was thrown over for Jon Garland; Haeger pitched only three times in September, all short relief outings. Which left me with the distinct impression that Torre, at 69, just wasn't interested in learning a new trick.

I hope I was wrong. We'll see.