Dodgers patient with Anderson in new role

Dodgers patient with Anderson in new role

PHOENIX -- Garret Anderson is batting .122 and is 0-for-13 against left-handed pitching, but Dodgers management is sticking with him as he tries to reinvent himself as a pinch-hitter after a career as an everyday player.

"I see a player struggling to adjust to a new role," general manager Ned Colletti said. "One at-bat five times a week, it's very tough."

But it's also the role Anderson accepted when he came to training camp late. He is 3-for-19 (.158) with one homer and three RBIs as a pinch-hitter and had an 0-for-17 stretch snapped by an RBI pinch-single Wednesday. He has 14 strikeouts in 49 at-bat.

Anderson said he hasn't lost confidence, but concedes that the transition hasn't been easy.

"I'm keeping the right frame of mind regardless of how bad the start is going," Anderson said. "Every time up I think I'm going to get a hit and I look forward to producing. My mind-set is positive every day. I'm sure the infrequent game action has something to do with it, not being able to work things out in a game setting. But it's not getting me down. I look forward to coming to the park every day."

Said manager Joe Torre: "We're trying to get him as many at-bats to make it easier on him. I see a timing thing. Is he the same player he was at one time? No. But he comes out of the dugout with a couple men on base and he'll scare the heck out of me. That's a big part of having him as a weapon."