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Reserve IF Jackson furious over release from Dodgers

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers released reserve
infielder Damian Jackson on Sunday.

Damian Jackson Jackson

Jackson signed as a free agent in December and was entering his
17th season in professional baseball -- his 11th in the majors after
spending time with eight teams.

"I no longer have anything to do with baseball," an angry
Jackson said before clearing out his locker, furiously shoving
equipment and clothes into his duffel bag and knocking down two
chairs on his way out.

Jackson was released by the Washington Nationals last season
after playing 67 games and batting .168. The 33-year-old infielder
went 2-for-16 (.125) in eight Grapefruit League games with the
Dodgers.

"He respects our decision, and that's it," manager Grady
Little said.

Jackson wasn't the only cut made by the team Sunday.

Pitchers Eric Hull, Zach Hammes and Mike Megrew were optioned to
Triple-A Las Vegas, while non-roster invitees Scott Elbert, A.J.
Ellis, Chin-lung Hu, Ken Huckaby, Travis Smith, Fernando Tatis and
Dario Veras were reassigned to minor league camp.

"None are easy because in a lot of cases the player is
expecting it to come one of these days and in a lot of cases the
players are not expecting it," Little said. "But in no way is it
ever easy."

Meanwhile, outfielder Jason Repko has improved since straining
his right groin in a split-squad game on Saturday.

"I feel much better than I did yesterday," Repko said Sunday.
"At this point it's day-to-day. We'll see how it goes today, come
back tomorrow and see the improvement and just take it like that."

Repko planned to continue getting treatment Sunday.

"Hopefully, it won't be as long as it could have been, but it
will be a while," Little said. "Those kinds of things sometimes
take a couple of days to assess."