Conor Jackson is hitting .333, but he has had a rough first 10 days
in several ways.
Jackson was hit by a pitch Wednesday for the third time in two games
against the Dodgers, and he was forced to leave the game after being
struck on top of his left hand in the fourth inning. X-rays were
negative, and he hopes to return to play Friday.
He was struck in the left biceps in the first inning Tuesday and in
the right shin in the fourth inning. He exacted some revenge with a
bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning of a 10-5 victory.
"I feel like Carlos Quentin. But he doesn't move. I'm trying to get
out of the way," said Jackson, referring to his former teammate.
Jackson and Quentin were drafted by Arizona in the first round of
the 2003 draft and were teammates while working their way up the
Diamondbacks' system, where Quentin set records for being hit by a pitch at
virtually every stop.
"They were not purpose pitches," Jackson said. "But no one likes to
get hit by a pitch. I couldn't have caught a ball or gripped a bat.
It's a good thing we have a day off."
Jackson, Arizona's cleanup hitter, missed 1 1/2 games at Cincinnati
because of a viral infection that forced him to go to a hospital for
precautionary X-rays when he suffered shortness of breath.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 3: The Diamondbacks did not homer, a season
first, but it did not matter, as Eric Byrnes' two-out, two-run single
in the sixth inning lifted Arizona to its sixth consecutive victory.
Micah Owings pitched seven innings for his second victory of the season as
the D-Backs completed a sweep of the Dodgers after sweeping Colorado
--The D-Backs tied a team record by getting hit by a pitch four
times in the game Tuesday, when C Chris Snyder also was hit twice. "Nothing
was intentional, yet you don't want to get hit four times in a game,"
D-Backs manager Bob Melvin said. It has happened three times in
--RHP Jailen Peguero was recalled from Class AAA Tucson before
Wednesday's game to replace LHP Doug Davis on the roster. Davis is scheduled
to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer on Thursday. Peguero, a
reliever, was among the last pitching cuts out of spring training.
--INF Augie Ojeda tied a career high with three hits in his first
start of the season Wednesday in place of SS Stephen Drew (quad). Ojeda
had a double and two singles, and his bunt single keyed the D-Backs'
two-run, go-ahead rally in the sixth inning of a 4-3 victory over Los
--LHP Randy Johnson is "good to go" for his Monday start in San
Francisco, manager Bob Melvin said, after Johnson's second rehab start.
Pitching for Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday, Johnson struck out seven in six
innings while giving up three runs and three hits. Johnson made his
last major league start June 28, 2007, before undergoing season-ending
back surgery in early August.
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