Conor Jackson: Injury Magnet

Conor Jackson is performing at the level we've been expecting for years, but Chris Burke has been no Tony Clark filling in so far. ALSO: Jailen Peguero replaces Doug Davis and Randy Johnson prepares for his Monday start.


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 last weekend.


--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 franchise history.

--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 Angeles.

--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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