Carroll taking advantage of playing time

Carroll taking advantage of playing time

SAN DIEGO -- Rafael Furcal's lingering hamstring injury means a few more starts at shortstop for Jamey Carroll.

While Furcal's been out, Carroll has hit .308 while committing two errors in 72 chances. During that time, the Dodgers have gone 9-6.

Although signed to a two-year free-agent contract as a utility man, Carroll still had to show the staff what he could do. Coming into this season, most of Carroll's Major League time was at second and third base.

"You hope they'd know from Spring Training, but this has been a good opportunity, coming to a new place, for them to see what I bring to the table," said Carroll, who played previously for Montreal/Washington, Colorado and Cleveland. "Hopefully this gives them a good take of who I am.

"It's not always pretty, but I compete. I'm happy with how I've played and how I've contributed. We need Raffy back, but I hope they have the confidence to use me the rest of the year in whatever situation comes up."