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Lima Time - And Jackson Time
2004-03-31 21:08
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Edwin Jackson and Jose Lima are lined up to be major-league teammates after all, now that Paul Shuey has ruptured a tendon in his thumb, knocking him out for approximately six weeks.

So who's your starter and who's your long man?

I've been on record saying that Jackson, who had a minor league ERA of 3.70 last year, could do well to ease into the season from the bullpen, saving his strength for the long haul of the season. That, as opposed to any Spring Training stats, would be my reason for putting Jackson there. (Will Carroll, among others, disagreed with me, saying that Jackson was better off preparing as a starter if that was to be his ultimate role.)

I don't know who Dodger manager Jim Tracy will choose. Frankly, I can see the case for both Lima and Jackson - although you have to wonder why Wilson Alvarez shouldn't also be considered.

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