The annual dance of whether or not manager Don Mattingly will sit Andre Ethier against left-handed pitchers began anew on Thursday at Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly gave the expected answer.

"We're definitely not going to be platooning Dre. He's going to get his ABs," Mattingly said. "But with him and Carl Crawford, I'm going to try to get Jerry Hairston Jr. some ABs against that nasty lefty, to give them a breather here and there."

Ethier hit .222/.276/.330 against left-handers in 2012, and has hit .238/.296/.330 in his career against southpaws.

"We're counting on him being better, obviously," Mattingly said on Thursday.

Mattingly sat Ethier in six of 60 opportunities against a left-handed starter last season.

"Mac (hitting coach Mark McGwire) and Dre will be working on it," Mattingly said. "They've talked about it I know already. We're going to make sure we address it and keep getting after it."

Mattingly said Ethier would be rested against some types of left-handed pitchers this season, but wouldn't elaborate.