Torre sticking to platoon at second base

Torre sticking to platoon at second base

ST. LOUIS -- The second half has started with Dodgers manager Joe Torre sticking to a platoon at second base, with left-handed-hitting Blake DeWitt starting against Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter on Thursday night and right-handed-hitting Jamey Carroll starting against left-hander Jaime Garcia on Friday night.

"I guess I'll be doing that most of the time," said Torre. "That's not to say I'll do it all the time. As long as Jamey is doing the job he's done and we feel Blake will get a lot more playing time there. I just want [DeWitt] to be the second baseman."

DeWitt is batting .280 against righties and .222 against lefties. Carroll is batting .302 against righties and .260 against lefties. Overall, DeWitt is hitting .270, Carroll .291.

The versatile Carroll was signed to be a bench player, while management wanted to give DeWitt a full-year test after essentially wasting his 2009 season shuttling him between Los Angeles and Triple-A Albuquerque six times. Carroll also is the primary backup to shortstop Rafael Furcal.