By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Dodgers will likely start the season without third baseman Casey Blake, who has been out with a strained back and rib cage since March 12. It appears he will begin the season on the disabled list.
"We're definitely moving in that direction," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters (via the Los Angeles Times).
Blake, 37, hit .248/.320/.407 for the Dodgers last season, with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.
Miles, 34, is hitting .343/.343/.629 this spring. Miles was cut by the Reds last spring and picked up by the Cardinals, playing 79 games with St. Louis in 2010. He hit .311/.317/.627 for Tony La Russa, playing all over the infield -- and even making two pitching appearances (allowing no runs in two innings).
Or, the Dodgers could go the young route and keep 23-year-old Ivan De Jesus Jr. De Jesus is hitting .303/.333/.364 this spring, but Mattingly has said the team would like to have him playing every day in Triple-A. He is rated the Dodgers' No. 14 prospect by Baseball Prospectus. The team could have him as the starting second baseman and use Carroll in his regular backup role.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.