“He has probably picked up 10 pounds this winter,” said Mike Easler, who was Hu’s hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville last season and will be again if Hu moves to Triple-A Las Vegas. “He was a little small last year and lacked strength. I can tell he just has more confidence in himself. He looks so much better offensively.” Hu also showed some of his characteristic flash, going behind the bag to pick a grounder hit by Josh Rabe in the seventh and teaming with longtime double-play partner and fellow defensive wizard Tony Abreu to turn it into an inning-ending force at second. Hu also lunged far to his right and onto the grass to stop a smash by Chris Heintz in the eighth that Heintz nevertheless beat out. Although Hu isn’t a burner in the classic tradition of slightly built middle infielders, he does have enough speed to steal the occasional base if he picks his spots well, and he is a smart runner. Injury updates Left-hander Joe Beimel, who felt discomfort in his elbow after pitching a shaky eighth inning in Monday’s win over Boston, played catch back in Vero Beach on Tuesday morning and felt fine. Little said Beimel will stay on his regular program unless the problem recurs. In other injury news, shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) is almost ready to return, although Little said it won’t happen in either of today’s split-squad games. Meanwhile, utility man Marlon Anderson (right elbow) remains sidelined indefinitely. Little said he is confident both players still will get enough at-bats in these final 3 1/2 weeks before opening day to be ready for the season. FORT MYERS, Fla. – The knock against Chin-lung Hu has always been, well, that there is no knock. There are some observers, in fact, who wonder whether the skinny kid with the electrifying glove will ever hit enough to play in the majors. But the skinny kid isn’t so skinny anymore. The suddenly offensive Hu beat out two infield singles during the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Tuesday – a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 7,015 at Hammond Stadium – and finished 3 for 4, raising his spring average to .444 (4 for 9). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!