VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring batting average into Thursday’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 they aren’t willing to risk losing on the waiver wire. Betemit, who wasn’t in the lineup Thursday, has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. “Right now, I’m feeling better from both sides,” Betemit said. “I’m trying to be more aggressive at the plate. That’s what I have to do every day, go up there and get my pitch and swing the bat. I know I can hit here, but things like this happen. You can’t go 5 for 5 every day. But you always have to make adjustments and do better.” Second base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12). “He has come a long way since last spring,” Little said. “You can see the strength he has added in one year’s time, and that has helped him a lot. He also had a very good winter ball season in the Dominican Republic. He has gained a lot of confidence and a lot of strength, and that is a good combination.” Betemit also showed signs on Wednesday night, when he had what Dodgers manager Grady Little felt were two quality at-bats in the second inning. He flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and in the fourth 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.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!