But that was a diplomatic answer. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is if the other seven candidates fail miserably. Otherwise, the right-hander will return to the middle relief role he filled last season. “They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do.” firstname.lastname@example.org (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! Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and having spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself starting over. For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early and forced him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” Two springs ago, during his routine physical with the Orioles, a doctor told Bigbie he had the beginnings of a hernia and that it needed to be monitored even though he was cleared to play. Bigbie never really thought about it again – until he returned last May from a broken foot and found his energy level had been sapped. The hernia was surgically repaired and Bigbie was given a recovery time of 8-12 weeks. But when he felt much better after only six weeks, he grabbed a bat and went to the cage. That led to an abdominal strain, a lost season and a winter of uncertainty before Bigbie hooked on with the Dodgers on Jan. 30. “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked Friday why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates to become the team’s fifth starter. Little said he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens. VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system of the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except to get themselves ready for opening day. The other end, closest to the exit, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. That’s where Larry Bigbie finds himself.