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Lakers send Derrick Caracter to the Bakersfield Jam, again

April 6, 2011 |  2:28 pm

Lewdmtnc That was quick.

Some may not have noticed it, but rookie backup center Derrick Caracter was on the team's active roster for its 86-85 loss Tuesday to the Utah Jazz as an insurance policy surrounding Pau Gasol's bone bruise in his right knee. But with Gasol's health improving, the Lakers sent Caracter back to Bakersfield on Wednesday in time for the Jam's post-season matchup with Rio Grande Valley, which begins Friday.

Caracter was just in Bakersfield last week, where he played in three games, started in one of them and averaged 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per contest. That move coincided with the Lakers recalling Theo Ratliff following a five-month rehabilitation on his surgically repaired left knee.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Derrick Caracter #45 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against Samardo Samuels #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on January 11, 2011. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images