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Dodgers Ace Brown Out for Season

September 17, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Oft-injured Los Angeles Dodgers ace Kevin Brown won’t pitch again this season because he hasn’t recovered from lower back surgery he had in June, manager Jim Tracy said Monday.

It’s the second consecutive year that Brown has had his season cut short. Last September, the 37-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn muscle in his right elbow after being on and off the disabled list with various injuries.

Brown is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 63 2-3 innings. He had been scheduled to start Wednesday night against San Francisco.

The Dodgers started a key four-game series with the Giants on Monday night. The Giants lead Los Angeles by one game in the race for the NL wild-card spot.

Brown had surgery June 11 to repair a herniated disk. He had made one start since then, and was used mostly out of the bullpen.

``He really hasn’t gotten any better as far as the stress level and the pain that he was in,″ Tracy said. ``It’s ludicrous for me as a manager to compromise this man in any way and to ask him to go out and pitch in a series of this magnitude at less than what he’s accustomed to being is unfair, and we’re not going to do that.″

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