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Jackson Will Start Monday for Perez

Times Staff Writer

As expected, Edwin Jackson will be recalled from double-A Jacksonville to start in place of the injured Odalis Perez against Florida on Monday, Manager Jim Tracy confirmed Saturday.

Perez returned to Los Angeles to have his strained abdominal muscle examined by physical therapist Pat Screnar today. Perez has an appointment with Dr. Frank Jobe Monday morning.

The Dodgers will have to make a roster move to accommodate Jackson, who is already on the major league club’s 40-man roster, but Tracy was noncommittal on the move.

“Not until right up until the moment,” he said.

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And while the logical move would be a stint on the disabled list for Perez, who was on the DL from May 15 to July 5 with a stiff left shoulder, Tracy would not bite.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said.

Jackson, who is 4-2 with a 5.01 earned-run average in 12 appearances with the Dodgers, began the year at triple-A Las Vegas, where he was 3-7 with an 8.62 ERA in 12 games before being sent to Jacksonville. The right-hander is 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 starts for the Suns and is expected to arrive in Miami today.

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All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis, in an 0-for-15 funk that has caused his average to dip to .259, was given the day off ... sort of. Izturis did not start and came in as a defensive substitute in the seventh inning.

“Swing-wise, I think it’ll do him some good,” Tracy said of initially giving Izturis a breather. “He’s dragging.

"[A break] recharges him if you get him away from it for a day.”

Izturis grounded out to shortstop in his lone at-bat and said he was fine with not starting.

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“Yeah, especially since we’ll be facing left-handers the next two games,” said Izturis, who was on the DL from June 30 to July 14 because of a strained right hamstring.

He is batting .194 in August, his average for the season falling from .345 on June 1.

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Pitching coach Jim Colborn, who was on crutches and could not make mound visits for the second consecutive game, had his swollen left knee drained.

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“I have bum knees, that’s all, and they can get irritated,” Colborn said with a smile. “This time it just decided to get irritated and scream loudly.”


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