Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio joined Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo for a segment of Saturday morning’s Inside the Clubhouse. Bosio discussed the Cubs’ young roster and pitching staff, there will be more later from the interview, and was rather candid with his comments about Edwin Jackson.
The Cubs signed Edwin Jackson to a long term contract to eat innings and provide veteran leadership to a young roster while the front office built up the organization. Jackson has not performed to expectations over his first two years with the Cubs and rumors have suggested the front office is trying to move him, even if the Cubs would have to accept a bad contract in return.
From all accounts Jackson is a good teammate and an all-around good guy in the clubhouse, but baseball is a performance-based business and he has not pitched the way the Cubs thought, and expected he would.
Edwin Jackson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a right lat strain, or a strain of the muscle that runs from the arm pit to the waist and it adducts a pitcher’s shoulder. Bosio confirmed Saturday that Jackson is working his way back from the arm injury that sidelined him and the Cubs expect him to pitch again this season.
“I have actually talked to all of his pitching coaches that he’s had. Looked at all of the video on all of the teams that he’s been on and it seems to be a thing that’s reoccurring,” Bosio said on Inside the Clubhouse. “Now on the flipside, he’s shown glimpses and he’s had stretches, five, six start stretches, where he’s been very, very good. But he’s also had some stretches where he’s been very poor. With a veteran pitcher you do expect consistency, as Edwin does. He’ll be the first to say it. It’s unacceptable from him.”
“Things have to be done,” Bosio explained. “Things have to be done as far as the work and putting it in and the awareness of the situation and those are the things that I think are the crutch with Edwin. There are some situations there where he has not commanded that ball which has led to come big innings or some walks that both of us don’t like. And I’m sure, certainly that the fans don’t like. We do have higher expectations for Edwin being the veteran guy on our staff.”
Edwin Jackson has the stuff to be a successful Major League pitcher and maybe Chris Bosio will be able to figure out what the other seven teams have not been able to that helps him put it together. If not, it will be up to the front office to find another team willing to try to get him to finally reach his potential.