Edwin Jackson Promoted to Dodgers

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Suns right-handed starting pitcher Edwin Jackson was promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgersand will start this afternoon against the Marlins at Dolphins Stadium.

Jackson is the reigning Pitcher of the Week in the Southern League and was removed after one inning in his start Friday at Mississippi. The Dodgers phone the Suns' staff informing them Jackson may be promoted to spot start for the injured Odalis Perez, who complained his strained oblique muscle bothered him when he played catch Friday.

Jackson, 21, has pitched with the Dodgers in parts of two seasons. On his 20th birthday, Jackson beat Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks, earning first Major League win on the road, Sept. 9, 2003. He finished 2003 with a 2-1 record and a 2.45 ERA and was given the fifth starters' spot to lose in Spring Training 2004. Jackson struggled and battled a forearm strain, splitting time between the Dodgers (7.44 ERA in five games) and Class AAA Las Vegas.

Jackson was reassigned to the Suns from Las Vegas on June 16, where he went 3-7 with minor-league high 8.62 ERA. Since then, Jackson credits Suns pitching coach Ken Howell for emphasizing Jackson's focus on pitching and ignoring dwelling on mechanics within games. Jackson responded, going 19 innings without allowing an earned run until his abbreviated start Friday. Overall, Jackson was 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 starts with the Suns in 2005.

Jackson becomes the third Sun to be promoted directly to the Major Leagues this season. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton has posted an 8.53 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings over seven relief appearances with the Dodgers. He was recalled July 28. Left-handed starting pitcher Derek Thompson was promoted to the Dodgers on May 27. He made three starts and appeared four times, posting no record with a 3.50 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 18 innings. Thompson has since undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Jackson will oppose the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis on Monday. Willis and Jackson last opposed one another at the Baseball Grounds on May 3, 2003, when Willis pitched for the Carolina Mudcats. That season, Jackson posted 157 strikeouts, one shy of league lead, was selected to participate in the 2003 All-Star Futures Game and was elected to 2003 Southern League All-Star team.

Jackson was selected by Dodgers in sixth round of 2001 draft. He was born in Neu Ulm, Germany, but he and his family moved to the United States when he was 2. He has lived in Columbus, Ga., since third grade. His father, Edwin, Sr., was in the military, hence the moving. Jackson was named Georgia High School Player of the Year in 2001 at Shaw High under Coach Charles Flowers.

The Suns have not yet had a player reassigned to their roster to replace Jackson. The Dodgers have not made a corresponding move to add Jackson to their 25-man roster. He was already on the Dodgers' 40-man squad.

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