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Phillies’ Jackson May Miss Season

May 19, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ It turns out that Mike Jackson may not throw a single pitch this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies reliever, signed during the offseason to a $3 million, one-year contract, stopped himself while throwing off the mound on Friday due to soreness in his right shoulder.

Phillies manager Terry Francona was not optimistic about Jackson’s chances of recovering this year.

``It doesn’t look like it’s going to work with Mike,″ Francona said. ``If it turns out that it was sort of a gamble, I wouldn’t second guess it one bit. I was happy when we got him.″

The St. Louis Cardinals appeared set to sign Jackson to a $12 million, three-year contract, evening calling a news conference on Nov. 19, but the news conference was canceled.

Philadelphia then signed him Dec. 1 to a deal that would have guaranteed him $7 million for two years if he remained healthy. The Phillies have an option for 2002 that would make the contract worth $11.25 million for three years.

Jackson got hurt during the team’s first series of the year while warming up in Arizona and never threw a pitch for the team. Jackson’s rehab took a step forward when he threw to hitters for the first time Tuesday.

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