#Cubs notes: EJackson, RF bleachers, Draft and Price

* Edwin Jackson, who spent the last eight seasons as a starter, is still adjusting to his role as a reliever but outings like Tuesday when the Cubs right-hander went 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers make it a little easier.

“It’s been a work in progress,” Jackson said Wednesday of making the switch. “I’m up for whatever. You try to be the best in whatever role you’re in. You take the bumps and bruises, and they will come. You just try to get better throughout the season.”

Jackson was called on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, and finished the game, giving up one run. The veteran said his goal was “damage control.”

“That inning could’ve been a lot more damaging,” he said of the fifth.

Said manager Joe Maddon: “I’d like to see him continue that trend. That’s what you always believe he’s capable of doing. … That’s why you sign him originally because you know that’s in his abilities.”

Tsuyoshi Wada struggled in his last start, and the Cubs also have former starter Travis Wood in the bullpen. Maddon said there are no plans to insert either Wood or Jackson into the rotation.

“For me, guys have to do things over a period of time before you really get truly excited and maybe want to do something differently,” Maddon said, “and guys have to be bad over an extended period of time to want to do something differently also.”

* The Cubs completed the three-day Draft on Wednesday. Overall, they selected 18 pitchers (11 right-handed and seven left-handed), four catchers, eight outfielders and 10 infielders. Additionally, the Cubs selected 29 college players and 10 high school players.

* David Price will be a free agent after this season, and the Tigers pitcher does know Maddon well from their days together in Tampa Bay. Does that relationship matter for the right-hander?

“David and I are friends,” Maddon said. “I’ve often said in the past, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around. This is something that’s a process that has to be worked out and I wish him the best with it. He’s a unique individual.”

* When the Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Thursday, the right field bleachers will be open to fans for the first time this season.

“It’ll be great,” center fielder Dexter Fowler said. “We had some unfinished business.”

The left field bleachers weren’t ready until May, and it took some adjusting, outfielder Chris Coghlan said.

“It was the craziest thing — I’ve never played with nobody there,” Coghlan said. “It’s exciting for everybody — the fans, the players, the ownership — to be able to have the construction done and have a full crowd and rowdy and ready to go.”

Maddon said he can’t wait for a full house.

“It’s very close up, you can feel it,” he said of Wrigley. “Saying all that, I really believe we have to make Wrigley our home court advantage. We have to take advantage of winning there. We have the support and a tremendous vibe on a daily basis. We have to make hay when we get back there.”

— Carrie Muskat


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