Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs place Edwin Jackson on disabled list with lat strain

The Chicago Cubs placed struggling starting pitcher Edwin Jackson on the disabled list with a right lat strain.

Jackson, 30 is 6-14 with an atrocious 6.04 earned-run-average. In his second year with the Cubs since signing a four-year deal worth $52, Jackson has proven to be a huge mistake with a 14-32 record and a 5.47 ERA. His 18 losses led baseball last year and his 14 losses currently lead baseball.

Could the injury be a reason for his allowing 12 runs in his last two starts spanning 7.1 innings? Perhaps, as he says it is something he has been trying to work through.

The only thing that could prevent the journeyman pitcher from leading the league in losses for a second straight season is the length of time he could be on the disabled list.

Fortunately for him and unfortunately for the Cubs, Jackson does not believe the lat strain will keep him out for the remainder of the season.  

Jackson does not figure in the Cubs future plans and tried to move his salary before the trade deadline at the end of July and he could have been a candidate for a waiver trade if not for the huge salary and diminished performance and now injury.

He could be a candidate to be designated for assignment in the offseason.

In a corresponding move the Cubs recalled Zac Rosscup to take his place on the roster.

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