Edwin Jackson had another rough outing Thursday and according to multiple reports he could lose his spot in the rotation is in question for the remainder of the season.
The Cubs want to take a look at Dan Straily and Felix Doubront in starting roles before the season ends. Straily will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa for Saturday’s game at Citi Field to make his Cubs debut against the Mets. The Cubs said Thursday that Straily will be making only one start due to the long stretch of games the team is in the middle of before the scheduled off day on Aug. 25 … 33 games in 34 days and 21 games in a row without a day off. Calling up Straily allows the Cubs to move Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood back a day.
Felix Doubront is scheduled to make at least one more rehab start for Triple-A Iowa. Doubront made his organizational debut Tuesday and is expected to start Sunday for Iowa. Then there is Jacob Turner who shut down the same Brewers lineup for 2 1/3 innings Thursday that pounded Edwin Jackson.
After he was acquired from the Marlins, the front office said Turner would pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season. But plans change and Turner looked very good Thursday. Rick Renteria admitted after Thursday’s game, “I imagine that as we move forward, the intent will be to stretch him [Jacob Turner] out.”
Rick Renteria was asked about Jackson losing starts over the final six weeks of the season due to the team wanting to take a look at other pitchers in a starting role. Renteria did not give Jackson his full support as he has all season. Renteria’s response was “not necessarily.” According to ESPN Chicago, Renteria explained, “I don’t think that’s anything that’s in the forefront of my thinking or the organization’s thinking. If something were to change we’ll let you guys know.”
Edwin Jackson realizes the front office has guys they would like to look at in the rotation and he told the beat writers, “At this point, you just have to try to worry about things you can control.” Jackson said he was thinking too much about his mechanics Thursday and he felt like he was a “robot, trying to find this, trying to find that.”
Renteria brought up the pace in which Jackson works and speeding him up could help.
The front office should start limiting the innings for Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks with both starters approaching career highs in innings pitched. Arrieta has completed 110 1/3 innings this season at the big league level after 20 rehab innings in May. Arrieta completed 154 2/3 innings last year between Baltimore, Chicago and the minor leagues. Hendricks pitched 166 1/3 innings combined for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season and has already thrown 144 1/3 innings this year.
The Cubs could find ways to look at Dan Straily, Jacob Turner and Felix Doubront in starting roles without shutting down Arrieta and Hendricks early and still use Edwin Jackson to keep from burning out the young arms in the bullpen.
Jake Stinnett announced on his Twitter account he has been promoted to the Boise Hawks. The Cubs second round pick in June’s draft was 0-1 in three games, two starts, for the AZL Cubs with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. After two scoreless outings, Stinnett gave up four runs on six hits in two innings his last time out.
According to the transactions page on Cubs.com, the team has released OF Nate Schierholtz. The veteran outfielder cleared waivers earlier this week after he was designated for assignment Aug. 6.
Nate Schierholtz was not able to dig out of his early season slump and hit .192/.240/.300 with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and a .541 OPS in 99 games.
News and Notes
Through first 10 career games: Javier Baez: .244, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 17 strikeouts; Giancarlo Stanton: .231, HR, 8 RBI, 17 strikeouts.
Chris Coghlan is proving he belongs with the Cubs according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
Luis Valbuena wishes he could stay with the Cubs according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
Jacob Turner became the 107th different player used by the Cubs under the Theo Epstein–Jed Hoyer administration … and Dan Straily will be No. 108 on Saturday.
The Cubs traded OF Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks late Thursday night for RHP Blake Cooper. Arizona claimed Jackson off waivers. By trading Jackson to the Diamondbacks, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 players.
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – The Cubs beat the Cardinals 9-7 despite Ryan Dempster serving up a first inning home run to Albert Pujols. Pujols became the first player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in each of his first 10 seasons.
1981 – Cubs traded Lynn McGlothen to the White Sox for a PTBNL. The Cubs received Bob Molinaro from the White Sox on March 29, 1982 to complete the trade.
1979 – Roberto Nova, born
1964 – Mayor Richard Daley declared it “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago and 26,000 fans cheered on Banks at Wrigley in a 5-4 loss to the Pirates.
1964 – The Phillies purchased Bobby Shantz from the Cubs
1953 – Third baseman Ransom Jackson grounded into three doubles plays in a 2-0 Cubs loss to the Braves, Jackson tied a NL record that was later broken by Joe Torre
1952 – Phil Cavarretta signed his contract to manage the Cubs in 1953.
1945 – The Cubs recorded 19 hits, two home runs by Paul Gillespie, in a 20-6 win over the Dodgers. The Cubs scored eight runs in the fourth inning after the first eight batters reached base for an out was recorded
1917 – The Cubs acquired Pete Kliduff from the Giants for Al Demaree