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Kent the latest injury to reeling Dodgers

DENVER -- Add Jeff Kent to the ever-growing injury list for
the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kent left Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to Colorado in the sixth
inning with a strained left hamstring, just hours after the Dodgers
placed All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list
and learned that J.D. Drew will miss eight weeks with a broken
wrist.

Kent, one of the few Opening Day regulars who hasn't missed time
this season, said he pulled himself from the game when he felt the
hamstring tightening up.

The Dodgers listed him as "day-to-day" and Kent said the
team's dire injury problems won't force him to rush his comeback.

"Sometimes you go with what you've got," Kent said. "I didn't
have a whole lot in the second half of the game today and I'm
hoping I have more tomorrow. It's got nothing to do with the team
we have. It's got everything to do with me and with what I can
contribute."

Before the game, the Dodgers learned that Drew won't need
surgery and is expected to return in about two months. Drew, who
had the wrist broken when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, had a cast
placed on the wrist Tuesday and will go back to the doctor in two
weeks for a checkup.

Surgery would have likely ended his season, so manager Jim Tracy
called the news, "the best case scenario for us."

"It will give him time to heal," Tracy said.

Izturis, one of best fielding shortstops in baseball, is hitting
.275 with one homer and 20 RBI and was chosen for the All-Star
game. He has been hampered by a sore right hamstring for nearly a
month, though, and hasn't played since last Wednesday, when he had
a bunt single to snap an 0-for-21 slump.

Izturis was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday,
meaning he'll be eligible to be activated shortly after the
All-Star break. He will attend the All-Star game next Tuesday,
although Tracy said it's doubtful he'll play.

"Putting him on the DL was the wisest thing to do," Tracy
said. "He will only miss one game after the break."

Playing in Izturis' place, rookie Oscar Robles has eight hits in
two games against the Rockies. On Monday, he hit the game-winning
single in the 11th.

Drew, in the first year of a five-year, $55 million contract, is
hitting .286 with 15 homers and 36 RBI.

Among other Los Angeles players on the disabled list are closer
Eric Gagne, starting outfielder Milton Bradley, fourth outfielder
Ricky Ledee, starting third baseman Jose Valentin, left-handed
pitcher Wilson Alvarez and backup catcher Paul Bako. Gagne and Bako
are out for the year.

Among players back on the active roster after missing extensive
playing time besides Antonio Perez are starting outfielder Jayson
Werth, starting pitcher Brad Penny.

The Dodgers have lost 15 of their last 21 games and trail the NL
West-leading San Diego Padres by 5½ games.