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DODGERS NOTEBOOK: BROWN TARGETS BULLPEN STINT.

Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer

Lefty Carlos Perez figures he's starting Sunday in Cincinnati, but nobody's told him as much. To be perfectly honest, Perez said, nobody's told him anything.

But whom starts Sunday for the Dodgers against the Reds has everything to do with what happens in the bullpen before Saturday's game at Cinergy Field. Right-hander Kevin Brown will probably wait until then to throw a bullpen session to test his broken right pinkie, and if all goes well, it could line up a Monday start in New York.

``So far, so good,'' said Brown, who played long toss with his brace for the second straight day. ``I'm not trying to push it. I'm doing what's comfortable, and Saturday's going to be the chance. I'm going to try to open it up Saturday. I'll just ease into it and see how it feels. I'm not worried about arm strength. I don't think that's an issue.''

If Brown can pitch against the Mets, and he makes it sound like that's possible, Darren Dreifort will get the start Sunday. But if Brown can't start Monday, manager Davey Johnson wants a righty to face the Mets. Johnson already set up his rotation once this season to have Dreifort pitch against the Mets, and he could do so again. That would pit Perez against the Reds on Sunday.

``It's kind of hard to set your pitching up when you don't exactly know when your ace will be able to go,'' Dodgers manager Davey Johnson said. ``When he comes off, he wants to pitch, and I want him to pitch when he's ready to pitch. But I also want to make sure, from the doctors, the thing has healed.''

Perez already had one frustration-laden outburst from being yo-yoed between Triple-A Albuquerque and the Dodgers during six days of inactivity this month, but he said he's beyond that and will do what the Dodgers ask.

``They do what they have to do. Only thing I can do is pitch when I have a chance,'' said Perez, who pitched in relief Wednesday against Houston. ``They don't tell me nothing. It's tough when you're used to pitching every five days, and then (the rainout) happens. And I know this is going to happen a lot, but there's nothing I can do. I'm not going to get angry any more, I'm not going to get upset.''

--Handicap parking rectified: After receiving numerous complaints about allowing handicap parking only in lot 10 (behind the left field fence), the Dodgers amended their policy to allow patrons with handicap parking placards to park anywhere.

Derrick Hall, Dodgers senior vice president, communications, said regulations from the American Disabilities Act prohibited the Dodgers from placing a handicap parking lot in an area that has more than a two-percent grade in the land, making Lot 10 the only available lot to designate for the handicapped.

The regulations of the handicap lot also means the Dodgers can't paint signs to mark handicap parking stalls in other areas around the stadium, Hall said, but vehicles can still enter and park in other lots with a handicap placard.

``People can enter lots and park there if they show their cards,'' said Hall, who added the policy was instituted for Wednesday's game against Houston.

--Odds and ends: Right-handed reliever Gregg Olson is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, but it could be longer. Johnson said he'd prefer Olson to test the pinched nerve in his right forearm in either a simulated game or a rehab stint with Single-A San Bernardino before being activated. . . . Houston's Roger Cedeno's stolen base in the first inning was the 10th successful attempt by the opposition this season. The only runner caught stealing was on a pickoff.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 20, 2000
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