The Daily CCO: Jackson Embarrassed and Alcantara Stays in the Cubs Headlines

Edwin Jackson said he was embarrassed by the way he pitched following Saturday’s loss to the Braves. Jackson had a bad outing and stood up and fielded the questions once again.

In regards to his performance, Jackson told the beat writers, “It was embarrassing, horrendous game. Flat out. No other way to put it. The team does a great job of battling back and you continuously go out and give up the lead, it’s pretty much unacceptable. At the end of the day you have two options: You can accept it and fold or you can take it as a slap in the face and turn it around and do something about it.”

Edwin Jackson said there is still “a lot of baseball left” and he thinks he can “turn things around and have a better second half and have the whole first half forgotten about.”

The Cubs do not have any plans to remove Edwin Jackson from the rotation, at this time, according to multiple reports. Rick Renteria was asked about the possibility of moving the struggling Jackson to the bullpen and he said the team has not discussed it.

Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara played his first game in centerfield Saturday at the big league level and played rather well after minimal time at the position in Iowa. Alcantara took good routes to balls and appeared to read the ball well on a windy day at the old ballyard. At the plate, the switch-hitting Alcantara went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

PrintAlcantara is not sure what the team’s plans are for him after the All-Star break. Alcantara was named to the Triple-A All-Star game, which is Wednesday, and the team has not addressed if he will play in the minor league All-Star Game or if he will stay with the big league team through the break and play in the three-game series in Arizona. The Cubs do not need a fourth starter until July 22 when the team opens a 10-game homestand with the first of three against the Padres.

Arismendy Alcantara told the beat writers he’ll stay and do whatever they want him to.

The Cubs are expected to meet during the break and discuss how the active roster will be constructed after the mid-season breather until trades are made. The front office has not decided what to do with Arismendy Alcantara yet, but the plan as of Friday morning according to Jed Hoyer was to continue Alcantara’s development in Triple-A Iowa.

Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Bonifacio played his second rehab game for the AZL Cubs Saturday night. Bonifacio started at second base and went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. In two rehab games, Bonifacio is 3-for-6 with a walk, a strikeout, a stolen base and a run scored.

Rick Renteria was asked about Bonifacio prior to Saturday’s game. The Cubs’ skipper said the team will not be rushing Bonifacio back. Bonifacio, by rule, can be on a rehab assignment for 20 days before he has to be activated from the DL.

Futures Game

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are in Minneapolis to take part in the annual SiriusXM Radio All-Star Futures Game at Target Field. MLB Network will televise the game, that begins at 4:00 CDT today (Sunday), and Mike Ferrin will call the game along with Jim Duquette, Jim Bowden and Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio.

Kris Bryant is hitting fourth and playing third for the U.S. Team. Javier Baez is not in the starting lineup for the World Team.

For those that follow prospects and minor league baseball, the Futures Game is one of the must see events of the year.

Anthony Giansanti

Anthony Giansanti made one heck-of-a-catch Saturday night.

This Day In Cubstory

2013 – Cubs selected Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants

1987 – Cubs traded Steve Trout to the Yankees for Rich Schneid, Bob Tewksbury and Dean Wilkins

1977 – A blackout engulfs the New York area with the Cubs leading the Mets 2-1 in the sixth inning at Shea Stadium. The game is completed on Sept. 16 and the Cubs won 4-3 behind Ray Burris.

1966 – Cubs signed free agent Robin Roberts

1956 – Ernie Banks played in his 394th consecutive game and ties Al Simmons’ record for consecutive games played by a rookie to start his career. Mr. Cub drove in the winning run as the Cubs topped the Pirates 7-6 at Wrigley Field

1959 – Cubs purchased Art Schult from the Red Sox

1956 – Bill Caudill, born

1946 – WBKB became the first station to televise a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The game was covered with one camera and the Cubs lost 4-3 to the Dodgers.

1916 – Cubs purchased Joe Kelly from Indianapolis for the American Association for cash, plus two PTBNL

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  • Tom U

    Although it isn’t Cubs related, I always have to mention this:

    A happy belated 35 anniversary to Disco Demolition Night (July 12, 1979).

    By the way, disco still sucks!

    • Guest

      As a fan of House music and its root in Chicago, I must concur!

    • SuzyS

      …But “Stayin Alive” Ah Ah Ah…
      I’m not a fan of disco either…just had to add the addendum.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        if only for the scene in “Airplane”, that song must always be cherished…

        • GaryLeeT

          One of the top 5 comedies of all time.
          Caddy Shack
          Airplane
          The Jerk
          Blazing Saddles
          Young Frankenstein

          • GaryLeeT

            OK it’s hard to limit it to 5, because Monty Python and The Holy Grail, and Used Cars needs to be in there too.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Saturday Night Fever is one helluva a good time though! That Travolta dance scene is a classic.

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  • BosephHeyden

    Saw the Miles tweet saying the Cubs’ rotation following the All Star Break would be Jackson, Wood, and Arrieta. Typically I’d question why they’d keep Jackson going, but it makes sense if they do it the right way, which is make this Jackson’s last chance before moving him to the bullpen if he does poorly.

    With Hendricks, Beeler, and Wada (not to mention Straily, who they just got from Oakland) all down in the minors and all showing that they can do something, it’s better just to bring them up now and have Jackson get used to not starting sooner rather than later. Plus, maybe a tight leash is what he needs to do better, with the knowledge that one bad start could cost him his spot.

    • RynoTiger

      since I’m in AZ I was going to go to all 3 games, but with Jackson starting the first one, I’ll save my money and skip that one.

  • Ray Koenig

    No sense paying Jackson to pitch out of the ‘pen. Keep starting him or get rid of him.

    • Tony_H

      What sense does it make to get rid of him then? The money is already spent, find a way to make him useful, like the long man out of the pen and an innings eater.

      • SuzyS

        I’m not sure I would trust him in those capacities. 2 years of Jacksons salary is basically Carlos Zambrano. Theo is not afraid to dump non-performing players. Give him a little more time on a tight leash…and if he can’t get better…dfa him.

        • Tony_H

          I am fine if they DFA him, but I would try the bullpen first. All games when they are behind until he earns more.

      • Ray Koenig

        By getting rid of him you give more innings to pitchers who might be part of the future. Also, the Cubs don’t need to pay a “long man” the remainder of $11 million this season and $22 million for ’15 and ’16.

        • BosephHeyden

          He doesn’t even need to be a long man. Throw him in for one innings in games that aren’t close. It makes more sense to get one good inning out of a guy for $33 million than to get either 6 bad innings every week or no innings for $33 million (or, worse, pay $33 million for him to do better for another team because of some freak resurgence). Mainly because if we get rid of him, his spot isn’t getting taken by the “closer of the future” or anything

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            You never know how he may do in a short inning role. Some guys can throw everything they have into an inning or two in a way they can’t in a full game. In short he wouldn’t have to pace himself and maybe could be good.

            Never know if they don’t try it though. I think he gets 2-3 more starts and if we lose them all and he gives up 5 or more runs they need to consider other options.

        • Tony_H

          If he is blocking someone, than I agree with you.

          The pay is there no matter what. Unless he gets traded the Cubs are on the hook for his contract.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Embarrassed enough to retire?

    (can’t take hope away from a Cubs fan…)