For another, Betemit showed signs on Wednesday night, when he finally snapped a hitless streak that had lasted all spring and reached 12 at-bats, that he might be finding his stroke. He flied out twice and struck out before singling in the seventh inning off the Marlins’ Jesus Delgado. But the switch-hitting Betemit had what Dodgers manager Grady Little felt were two quality at-bats in the second, when he flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and the fourth, when he flied to right batting right off Aaron Thompson. “I know he did, just from the way he stayed back and hit both balls,” Little said. “I think it’s a confidence thing with him. He just needs to get going and get untracked. I don’t have a lot of worries about him.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring average into Thursday night’s Grapefruit League game with Florida. But that meager early showing notwithstanding, the man who is expected to be the Dodgers’ opening-day third baseman apparently doesn’t need to worry about his job security. For one thing, Betemit is out of minor-league options, and Dodgers officials still believe strongly enough that he is capable of developing into a dependable power hitter that they aren’t willing to risk losing him on the waiver wire. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Betemit wasn’t in the lineup Thursday. Betemit has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. Betemit’s problem last season was that he couldn’t hit lefties. That seems strange given that he is naturally right-handed. But it doesn’t seem so strange when you consider he got just 74 right-handed at-bats last year because there simply aren’t that many left-handed pitchers around the league. Early in camp, it appeared third-base prospect Andy La Roche would challenge Betemit for the third-base job. But La Roche is himself hitting just .222, and like Betemit, he already has a two-error game this spring. Sneak peek Although he isn’t expected in Los Angeles until at least September and possibly for another year or two, second-base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. One half of an electrifying doubleplay combination with shortstop Chin-lung Hu, Abreu, like Hu, spent a good portion of the winter bulking up to try to improve his offense. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, driving in three runs. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12).