MIAMI -- Blake DeWitt, who was unable to catch a popup at second base in the second inning, was replaced by Jamey Carroll for defensive purposes in the seventh inning of Friday night's game.
"You don't want it to happen, but there's work to be done," DeWitt said. "I just need more games under my belt to get more comfortable. Whatever helps the team win, I'm all for it. I just have to keep working hard and getting better."
DeWitt, a shortstop in high school, played mostly third base in the Minor Leagues and broke into the Major Leagues as a third baseman in 2008, before ending the season as Jeff Kent's replacement at second. He underwent an intensive tutorial on the subtleties of second base over the winter and throughout Spring Training, but he still is rough around the edges.
"On the popup, it went further than I thought," he said. "On some ground balls, sometimes I try to cover too much ground. It's a fairly new position and sometimes I need to understand that if I'm playing one way or the other, I can't get to everything and force plays. Sometimes I try to do too much."