JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- After his first outing of the spring, Los
Angeles left-hander Odalis Perez expects to be ready to pitch in
the Dodgers' season-opening series in San Francisco.
"I could be ready to go if I have to be the No. 2 guy," Perez
said after throwing 25 pitches in two innings Tuesday. "I could be
ready to go five innings."
Perez, allowed a run on three hits in a 5-3 victory over the
Florida Marlins, walked none and felt no recurring effects from the
left biceps tendinitis that has sidelined him most of the spring.
"For his first outing it was above average," pitching coach
Jim Colborn said. "I thought in his second inning he began to get
sharper as he threw more pitches."
Perez, expected to be a mainstay in the rotation, said the
soreness is gone and he now has to work on getting his pitch-count
up over the final two weeks of camp.
He threw 16 of his pitches for strikes while concentrating on
his fastball and changeup. He put the Marlins down in order in the
first inning, then allowed a leadoff homer to Carlos Delgado in the
"It was my first time out since October. That's a long time,"
Perez said. "Today wasn't bad. I had a good fastball and threw
There is a chance manager Jim Tracy would look to Perez to start
the second game of the series in San Francisco, although he did not
"We'll keep going and see how far he gets," Tracy said. "He
looked good today. He looked very fluid."
Tracy has said there's a good chance he would start a
left-hander in that game between opening-day starter Derek Lowe and
Jeff Weaver, who is slated to pitch the third game of the season.
Both Lowe and Weaver are right-handers.
Other than Perez, Wilson Alvarez is the only other possible
Perez, who signed a $24 million, three-year contract in January,
was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 31 starts last year. He led the majors
with 18 no-decisions and had the worst run support among NL
starters at 3.30 runs per nine innings.
Jason Phillips caught Perez and went 0 for 2 in his Dodgers
debut after being traded from the Mets for Kaz Ishii.
Florida's A.J. Burnett pitched three hitless innings then lost
his control and allowed four runs over the next two. He walked
three batters. Five pitches hit the backstop, although only one was
a wild pitch.
"Burnett threw great for three innings, and then the wheels
came off," manager Jack McKeon said. "He got behind hitters and
then his control went away."
Florida's Mike Lowell hit his first homer in the sixth.
Jeff Conine made his debut for the Marlins after missing most of
the spring recovering from two offseason surgeries on his right
shoulder. He went 0 for 3 and played right field.