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7/21 Brett Jackson: “I can still help the team”

Taking batting practice at HoHoKam Park with the Cubs’ Rookie League players on a muggy Sunday night was not where Brett Jackson expected to be in mid July.

Jackson, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2009, was in Mesa as part of his rehab from a sore right calf. He began this season at Triple-A Iowa, and has been limited to 61 games because of a turf toe injury and the subsequent calf problem. The outfielder was examined by specialists in Chicago, and then told to stay off his feet.

“I’m 100 percent now and trying to get back into baseball and playing shape because I missed three weeks,” Jackson said Sunday before his workout with the Rookie League team.

The injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Cubs have needed outfield help because of injuries to David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder), Ryan Sweeney (fractured rib), and most recently Brian Bogusevic (hamstring). Junior Lake, who has played more games at third base than outfield in the Minor Leagues, was called up on Friday, and has started the last three games in center field. DeJesus made his second start Sunday for the Rookie League team, and could be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week.

The Cubs will be playing a few miles away in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks, opening a four-game series on Monday. Jackson could’ve been on the big league roster if he was healthy and producing.

“You can let that frustrate you but it is what it is,” Jackson said about the missed opportunities. “I have no control over that. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have been hitting the way I was, been injured the way I have been, the same way [the other outfielders] would prefer not to be injured themselves. It is what it is, and you keep pushing forward, upward and onward, and get into shape and get back into games.”

Last Aug. 5, Jackson was promoted to the Cubs’ big league team, and batted .175 in 44 games. He spent time with Chicago manager Dale Sveum in October working on his swing to cut down on the strikeouts — he led the Pacific Coast League with 158 Ks in 106 games in 2012. This season, he was batting .223 before he was injured, and had six home runs, seven doubles, three triples, 23 RBIs, and 77 strikeouts in 215 at-bats.

When Jackson is ready to play, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee rather than rejoin Iowa.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to better myself as a player and get back to the big leagues and help the team,” Jackson said. “If going back to Double-A is what the team thinks is the right move for me, I have my faith in that decision. To me, it’s baseball and all about getting healthy and back into the shape as a player to have success and help the team win at the top.”

Right now, he’d just like to play anywhere.

“I’ve missed more time than I would’ve liked this year to nagging injuries,” he said. “I’m ready to be 100 percent and playing like I’m capable of.”

The center fielder is still young — he turns 25 on Aug. 2 — and is a valuable left-handed bat with speed. He began this season with a career Minor League average of .282.

For now, he’s working out with the Cubs’ most recent first-round pick, Kris Bryant.

“I’m just trying to stay positive and keep moving forward regardless of what’s happened this year,” Jackson said. “I still believe in myself and still believe I can help the team.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/13 Schierholtz, DeJesus & Jackson

Nate Schierholtz did not start Saturday and most likely will not play Sunday to give him time to heal some nagging injuries. Dale Sveum said Schierholtz was “banged up” and the injuries involved several body parts. The right fielder has never had this many at-bats prior to the All-Star break in his career. He’s been scuffling a little at the plate, too, batting .138 in his last eight games.

“He’s a little banged up,” Sveum said. “I’ll probably give him [Sunday] off as well and let him get six days off. I might have to use him to pinch hit or something. He’s just banged up and struggling a little bit.”

There is good news on outfielder David DeJesus. He will go to Arizona and take batting practice at the Cubs facility in Mesa, and if everything goes well, could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week.

“He won’t have to play in tons of games as long as everything goes good, and then he gets in a real game and hopefully doesn’t swing and miss,” Sveum said DeJesus. The Cubs hope DeJesus doesn’t “swing and miss” and re-aggravates his right shoulder, which he sprained crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field on June 14.

Other outfielder related news involves Brett Jackson, who has been rehabbing in Arizona from a sore calf. Jackson was playing at Triple-A Iowa, and batting .223 in 61 games, but when ready, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee. That’s still to be determined.

– Carrie Muskat

7/8 More on Hairston deal to Nats

It wasn’t that Scott Hairston wasn’t doing enough for the Cubs. The Nationals need him more. The Cubs dealt Hairston to the Nationals for a Minor League pitcher, Ivan Pineyro, who was pitching at High A Potomac. Hairston, 33, had been part of a platoon in right field but has gotten limited playing time. GM Jed Hoyer said Monday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called, seeking to solidify their bench with another right-handed bat.

“[Hairston] is a real pro, and as far as bench guys who can hit lefties, he can hit a homer against a lefty as good as any bench bat in baseball,” Hoyer said. “Given the makeup of who we’ve been playing and the pitching makeup in our division, he hasn’t been playing as much as we’d hoped, and I think this is a good opprotunity for Scott and the Nationals to get more playing time. It was a good opportunity for us to get a young pitcher we liked.”

Hairston was batting .172 overall, and .179 against left-handers, and eight of his 14 hits off lefties have been home runs.

Pineyro, in his third Minor League season, began the year with Class A Hagerstown, going 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts. The 21-year-old right-hander was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team before he was promoted to Hagerstown. He will join the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team.

The Cubs have been busy in the last week, dealing Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger and now Hairston. More deals are expected leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Matt Garza, who has been rumored to be dealt since Spring Training, was scheduled to start Monday against the White Sox.

Last year, the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker. Could free agents be hesitant to sign with the Cubs? Hoyer said no.

“Looking at Scott Feldman’s situation, we gave him a great opportunity,” Hoyer said. “A lot of places weren’t willing to guarantee him a rotation spot coming off a so-so year in Texas. We were wiling to do that, and I think he appreciated that. With Scott [Hairston], he looks at this as an opportunity to get more playing time. I think everything is taken on an individual basis.

“I would hope that we cease being sellers on an annual basis,” Hoyer said. “We want to be buyers. We need to acquire a lot of talent and build that wave that can come up here and give us that sustained success, and with that we hope we can move in the other direction and be buyers and not sellers.”

What about Garza? The right-hander has given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.

“He’s been a popular name and a guy we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls on,” Hoyer said. “I think he’s opened a lot of eyes the way he’s thrown the last four, five times out.”

Because the Cubs bullpen has been overworked the last few games, they will promote left-hander Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa, and not add another outfielder.

“Our bullpen is pretty taxed right now with [Carlos] Villanueva still getting stretched back out,” Hoyer said. “We don’t want to push those guys too hard. We would like to add another right-handed bat. We’ll explore and discuss those options over the next couple days until our bullpen is rested.”

Raley was 6-6 in 16 starts at Iowa, posting a 5.08 ERA as a starter. He did make one relief appearance on May 16, and gave up two hits and one walk over three innings.

* Who else could the Cubs call up? Brett Jackson would be among the candidates at Iowa if he was healthy but he was on the disabled list with a right calf strain.

“I think we all have high expectations for Brett,” Hoyer said. “We’d love nothing more than to be able to give him playing time later in the year. He’s got to get out there and play and earn it, but he’s still a guy we’re very high on.”

Both Junior Lake and Logan Watkins have played well at Iowa, but Hoyer said they both need more at-bats in the Minors.

“They’ve both played well and both got our attention with how they’ve played and been part of the discussions,” Hoyer said. “I think both of those guys have development left. It’s nice to see them performing well at Triple-A. That bodes well for our future.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/22 Stewart’s back; Clevenger, Jackson hurt

Third baseman Ian Stewart was reinstated from the suspended list, and rejoined the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. The Minor League team also placed outfielder Brett Jackson on the disabled list with a right calf strain, and outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha was promoted from Double-A Tennessee.

On Friday, the Cubs traded infielder Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations, and on Saturday, left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi was dealt to the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Both began the season with the Major League team.

Stewart was suspended 10 games for violating the loyalty clause in his contract after he made disparaging comments about the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum on Twitter. He last played June 11 at Oklahoma City, and was batting .168 (19-for-113) with six doubles, five home runs, and 20 RBIs in 40 games before he was suspended.

Jackson was batting .223 with seven doubles, three homers, and 23 RBIs in 61 games. He had an earlier stint on the DL with turf toe.

Ha joins Iowa after batting .284 with one homer, 14 RBIs, and eight stolen bases in 28 games with the Smokies.

The Cubs also announced that catcher Steve Clevenger, whose Minor League rehab assignment was to end Saturday, was experiencing some tightness in his oblique area. Clevenger will rest, and then be re-evaluated by the Cubs’ medical staff. In 15 games, he batted .327 with five doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

6/12 Minor matters

Brett Jackson and Ian Stewart each homered in Iowa’s 8-5 loss to Oklahoma City. Jackson extended his hitting streak to three games, going 1-for-4. Steve Clevenger was 1-for-5 and scored a run.

Eric Jokisch gave up two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 loss to Mobile. Matt Szczur had two hits, and was batting .325 this month.

Daytona’s game against Fort Myers was postponed because of wet grounds. They were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday.

Wilson Contreras hit his sixth home run in Kane County’s 7-6 loss to Burlington. The Cougars totaled 13 hits. Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBIs.

6/10 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit two home runs and Brett Jackson added his fifth of the season to back Brooks Raley and lift Iowa to a 10-7 victory over Round Rock on Sunday. It was Nelson’s second multi-homer game. He finished with three RBIs. Jackson had two hits, including his homer. Junior Lake was 3-for-5 and Logan Watkins and Steve Clevenger each had two hits.

Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota each homered in Tennessee’s 5-3, 11-inning win over Mobile. Ty Wright was 2-for-2 with one RBIs. Mota finished with three hits.

Kyle Burke gave up one earned run over five innings in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Brevard County in the first game of a doubleheader. Daytona stole six bases in the game. Dustin Geiger hit his seven home run and finished with three RBIs. Daytona completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. John Andreoli had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base.

Marco Hernandez and Dan Vogelbach each homered but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 8-4, to Cedar Rapids. Vogelbach’s blast was his 11th. He finished with two RBIs.

6/4 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Chris Rusin gave up five runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 5-3 loss to New Orleans. Dave Sappelt had two hits. Michael Bowden struck out three, gave up one hit and walked a batter in 1 2/3 innings.

Tennessee vs. Jackson was postponed Sunday because of the weather.

Austin Kirk struck out seven over six shutout innings in Daytona’s 5-0 rain-shortened win over Brevard County. The game was called after seven innings because of the weather. Javier Baez had two hits and one RBIs and Jorge Soler drove in two runs. Soler has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

Dan Vogelbach hit his eighth home run in Kane County’s 3-2, 10-inning win over Cedar Rapids. Albert Almora had three hits, including a double. Jeimer Candelario had three hits.

Monday’s games

Brett Jackson had four hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in two in Iowa’s 10-5, 13-inning loss to New Orleans. Nick Struck started but did not get a decision, giving up five runs over five innings. Brad Nelson had two hits. Steve Clevenger started his rehab assignment and hit a double and drove in three runs.

Kyle Hendricks, named the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month for May, kicked off June with seven shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 win over Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. Hendricks struck out seven. It was his fifth straight quality start, and he’s now 6-2 with a 2.20 ERA. In the second game, Christian Villanueva hit his fifth home run in a 7-1 win. Ronald Torreyes had three hits and two RBIs.

Javier Baez hit a double and Jorge Soler drove in a run but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 5-3, to Bradenton. Yaniel Cabezas had two hits, both doubles, and one RBIs.

Dillon Maples threw five shutout innings, striking out seven, in Kane County’s 10-4 loss to Cedar Rapids. Reggie Golden had two hits, including his first home run, and Rock Shoulders and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits. Albert Almora also had a hit and has hit safely in nine of his first 11 games. He’s batting .455.

6/2 Minor matters

Brett Jackson hit his third home run in Iowa’s 7-6, 13-inning loss to New Orleans. Dave Sappelt had three hits and Ian Stewart hit a double and finished with two RBIs. Guillermo Moscoso struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings.

Christian Villanueva and Arismendy Alcantara each homered in Tennessee’s 9-3 loss to Birmingham. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up four earned runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Javier Baez went 5-for-6 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in Daytona’s 14-5 win over Brevard County. Baez scored three runs and was batting .277 for the season. Jorge Soler also homered, his eighth, and was batting .295. P.J. Francescon picked up the win, giving up one run on five hits over six innings. Dustin Geiger had his third multi-hit game in the last 10 games and drove in a run. He leads the league with 47 RBIs.

Tayler Scott gave up seven runs on seven hits over four innings in Kane County’s 15-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Albert Almora notched his fifth multi-hit game out of nine. Jeimer Candelario had two hits.

5/13 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit his sixth home run but Reno scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Iowa, 9-8, on Sunday. Chris Rusin started, and did not get a decision, giving up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Brett Jackson had his first three-hit game of the season and scored two runs. Dave Sappelt drove in three runs. Ian Stewart was 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBIs.

Kyle Hendricks threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in Tennessee’s 5-0 victory over Jackson. Matt Szczur had three hits and two RBIs. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits.

Daytona had Sunday off, and returns to action Monday against Charlotte.

Dillon Maples gave up three runs on six hits over five innings in Kane County’s 7-4, 10-inning loss to Clinton. Rock Shoulders hit a grand slam in the sixth and Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including his fourth home run. Dan Vogelbach drove in a run, and now has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

5/10 Minor matters

Darnell McDonald hit a solo home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 5-1 to Colorado Springs on Thursday. Drew Carpenter gave up three runs on six hits over five innings, striking out six. Brett Jackson, activated from the DL Thursday after missing time because of a turf toe, went 2-for-4. Brad Nelson also had two hits.

Rafael Lopez and Jonathan Mota both homered in Tennessee’s 9-7 loss to Birmingham. Alberto Cabrera gave up six runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out five.

Javier Baez had two hits, including a double and a triple, and stole a base in Daytona’s 4-3 win over Dunedin. Baez was batting .244 overall. P.J. Francescon gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings and did not get a decision. Dustin Geiger had two hits and raised his team-leading RBIs total to 29.

Kane County’s game against Burlington was postponed because of rain. It’s the Cougars’ 10th postponement this year.

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