As we mentioned earlier this week, with Mark Hendrickson still a week away from being able to return from the DL and Jason Hammel being sent back to Durham, the team is left without a starting pitcher for Saturday’s game in Texas. It is looking more and more like that pitcher will be Edwin Jackson. The Durham Bulls have stuck with their rotation this past week and Saturday would be Jackson’s normal turn in the rotation. Jackson, who came over in the trade that sent Danys Baez and Lance Carter to the Dodgers, was one of the last cuts during spring training. He had several impressive outings this spring. If Jackson is impressive on Saturday, Maddon will have an interesting decision to make. Is it too early in the season to give up on one of his current starters and go with a guy who figures to be a member of the rotation for years to come? The likely odd-man out would be Doug Waechter, who has struggled and could be used to shore up the bullpen. In 3 starts, Jackson is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Against Norfolk, he went 4 innings giving up 3 hits and 3 runs with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. In his second start against Richmond, he went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and no runs while giving up 2 walks and striking out 4. In his last start against Toledo, he went 4 innings, giving up 10 hits and 4 runs, walking none and striking out 7.

 
 

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