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Cubs place struggling Edwin Jackson on the disabled list

Aug 21, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Jackson won’t be headed to the bullpen, because he’s been placed on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle.

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After signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs last offseason Edwin Jackson struggled last season and has now been a mess this year, giving him a combined 14-32 record and 5.47 ERA in 57 starts for Chicago.

That includes leading the league in losses both seasons and leading the league in runs allowed this year. And since getting his ERA under 5.00 in early July he’s gone 1-6 with an 8.52 ERA in nine starts, which is why the Cubs may be thinking about demoting Jackson to the bullpen.

And for his part Jackson handled questions about that possibility pretty well, telling Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com:

If it happens, it happens. I haven’t really gone out and made an easy decision for the organization or for the team. It’s one of those things where you just have to kind of take it in stride. Not going deep into games as a starter isn’t beneficial for the team, especially when you get paid to go deep into games. You have to deal with it as it comes. If it happens, it’s not the end of the world. You just have to continue to bust your butt and gain back what you feel you can do.

Jackson failed to make it out of the third inning Wednesday, coughing up seven runs as his ERA ballooned above 6.00, and afterward manager Rick Renteria said of his status: “We’re going to assess and evaluate and see where we go.”

  1. berseliusx - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I think it’s more likely we see a “DL stint” for the rest of the season rather than a bullpenning and let the chips fall in spring training next year as they will.

    • wjarvis - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Well you called it well ahead of time that Jackson would go to the DL for his “injury”. He’ll be on the active roster again this season but it’ll be after the roster expansion happens so i don’t expect him to really get much work outside of maybe a lopsided game.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    “I never saw this coming.” — No one ever

    • karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Easily the dumbest free agent contract of the past decade.

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        No that would belong to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim United States of North America Western Hemisphere planet Earth Milky Way.

      • Wesley Clark - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        If you check the stats, Edwin Jackson was a decent MLB starting pitcher from 2008 – 2012. This is not a defense of his play with the Cubs, as he has been awful. He fell off a cliff. This is not the worst free agent contract of the last decade. Heath Bell,

      • Wesley Clark - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Stupid fat fingers. Heath Bell, Chine Figgins and even the Arod contract, as technically he opted out and resigned with the Yankees.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Actually, no, I nominate the yet-to-start MIggy Cabrera contact as the dumbest of the decade. Twice as many years, and at least as much money, with inflation, plus, like Ryan Howard, offered well before his old contract ran out.

        That’s the dumbest.

      • Wesley Clark - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        I agree that the Ryan Howard contract is terrible. The Miguel Cabrera extension has the potential to be really (REALLY) ugly. I was referring to just straight up free agent signings. The Ryan Howard extension has the potential to be one of the worst contracts ever.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        @Wesley, gotcha.

        We have a general rule of thumb here, I think. Extending your own guys if their contracts have not expired, and they won’t expire until they’re on the far side of 30 is generally dumb. A-Rod, Ryan and most likely Miggy all fall there.

  3. chiadam - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Does it matter? The Cubs are openly tanking, and moving him to the pen just means he can come in piss away a game that the team might accidentally be winning. It won’t make him suck less.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      The Cubs are not openly tanking. Since the beginning of July they are only a few games under .500. Edwin Jackson has been part of the problem and move to the bullpen may help him, but I doubt it.It will however help the Cubs as Jackson will not be starting every 5th day. To say that they are openly tanking is wrong and not reality based.

  4. scrot7 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Already commented about this on a previous post. I don’t have the energy to type it again, but this should have happened a long time ago. This guy is garbage.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      You might want to rephrase that.

  5. karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    “If it happens, it’s not the end of the world.” So said Jackson while stifling a laugh on the way to cash his latest paycheck from the Cubs.

  6. succulentnipples - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Johnathon Football.

  7. kastout11 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    The guy answered all the questions and made no excuses, and he should be commended for that. That being said, a move to the bullpen might be the right move for the Cubs and Jackson, so he can work some things out. That is a lot of money to pay a reliever though. Wood, Arrieta, Hendricks, Wada and Turner or Doubront as your fifth starter. See what these guys can do at the big league level for the rest of the year to see how many FA starters they need to go after in the offseason. It looks like Arrieta, Hendricks, Wood and Wada might be a part of the rotation next year, so Doubront and Turner can battle it out to see who the projected #5 will be for 2015, if they don’t sign a SP in free agency this offseason.

    • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      He always had the reputation of being a stand up guy and great teammate.

  8. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Didn’t work for us in Game 5.

  9. randomjoeblow - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    If it was up to Rany Jazayerli, the Royals rotation would be:

    #1. Edwin Jackson
    #2. Dan Haren
    #3. Bruce Chen
    #4. Danny Duffy
    #5. Aaron Brooks(?)

    There’s no Yordano Ventura, because he wanted to trade him for two years of Howie Kendrick. There’s also no Wade Davis in the bullpen, and Kelvin Herrera would be the closer, because he also wanted to trade Greg Holland.

    I don’t think the Royals are in 1st place at this point in the season with an obnoxious payroll and a rotation like that..

  10. tcostant - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Ironicly in 2012 Jackson was pitching pretty good as the Nationals had the best record in the National League. That same year Tanner Roark was going 6-17 in his first year in Triple A. This just in, Mike Rizzo is smart!

  11. charlescub80 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Didn’t know you could put someone on the DL for being bad. Nice to know!

  12. sfm073 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    It was a horrendous contract to begin with, with that said on the right team he should be a solid 5th starter and inning eater.

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