11/2 Brett Jackson sidelined
Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2009 who was playing in the Arizona Fall League, is done for the year after being hospitalized with a bacterial infection in his right shin. Jackson, 22, had joined the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League in late October after participating in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. He was limited to three games for Team USA because of a minor ankle injury. The outfielder appeared in four games with the Solar Sox and had one double and five RBIs. His last game was Friday when he was pulled after two at-bats.
Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said Tuesday that Jackson had to be hospitalized in Mesa, Ariz., because of cellulitis with an abscess in his shin, which is similar to a staph infection. Jackson was expected to be released Wednesday. Fleita said Jackson will go home later this week but come back to Mesa, Ariz., in January to workout with other Cubs players in preparation for the 2011 season.
This year, Jackson batted .316 with six homers, 19 doubles and 38 RBIs in 37 games with Class A Daytona and hit .276 with 13 doubles, six triples, six homers and 28 RBIs in 61 games with Double-A Tennessee.
– Carrie Muskat