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.
Jackson said he’s been dealing with lat issue last couple starts & has been battling through it. Decided didn’t want to risk further injury
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 21, 2014
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.
#Cubs Jackson says doesn’t think injury will sideline him rest of the season
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 21, 2014
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.