9/7 Jackson survives collision
Cubs rookie Brett Jackson had to leave Friday’s game after crashing head-first into the outfield wall at PNC Park. Jackson had precautionary X-rays, but suffered only a bruised right knee from the collision.
Jackson had failed to snare Pedro Alvarez’s fly ball at the wall in center in the Pirates fifth, resulting in a double and the first hit off Cubs pitcher Travis Wood. But with two outs and two on in the Pittsburgh sixth, the rookie outfielder did make a leaping grab of Andrew McCutchen’s fly ball and then collided into the wall near the visitor’s bullpen, which has mesh fencing and metal supports. He appeared to plant his face into the mesh part of the fence.
Jackson lay on the ground for a few minutes as his teammates, Cubs manager Dale Sveum and the athletic trainers ran to him. He was able to walk off under his own power, with a trainer at each side. He was due to leadoff the Cubs’ seventh but was lifted from the game for pinch-hitter Tony Campana.
– Carrie Muskat