Edwin Jackson entered spring training with a chance to become the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fifth starter this season. He was not successful in that bid.
Jackson will now get another chance to impress the Dodgers when he makes his season debut in the finale of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
He went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four games last season.
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said the fifth starter’s job was Jackson’s to lose this spring, and Jackson then proceeded to lose it with a 9.28 ERA.
Although he is expected to return to Triple-A Las Vegas when both pitchers are healthy, Jackson will look to leave another lasting impression by trying to help the Dodgers win for the fourth time in five games.
Los Angeles had won three straight before falling to the Brewers 4-1 Tuesday.
Milwaukee starter Doug Davis pitched six scoreless innings on three days’ rest in place of Ben Sheets, and Scott Podsednik went 2-for-3 with a homer to lead the Brewers to their second win in five games.
Davis, originally scheduled to start Wednesday, was forced into action because Sheets had a viral infection that caused inflammation in his inner ear.
The Brewers called up right-hander Ben Hendrickson from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his major league debut Wednesday in Davis’ scheduled slot.