Jackson to miss a week; Rizzo is back
MESA, Ariz. _ It’s back at HoHoKam Park today for another televised Cubs game. This time, the Cubs duo of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies has the call as the Cubs take on the Royals. The game in Vegas against the Rangers is on WGN radio. Just a programming note, as we like to say in the TV business, I’ll be a guest in the booth for Sunday’s game against the Athletics in Phoenix.
As far as today goes, center fielder Brett Jackson underwent an MRI on his right (throwing) shoulder Friday. The procedure, said the Cubs, revealed nothing more serious than inflammation, but the Cubs will let Jackson rest a week. He has been having trouble throwing the ball, but he said just before noon here today that it doesn’t hurt him to swing the bat.
Jackson is 5-for-16 (.313) this spring with a double, 2 triples and 4 RBI. Here is today’s lineup against KC:
Pitching is Lefty Hisanori Takahashi against lefty Bruce Chen.
So it’s a pretty good lineup, especially for a split-squad, as youngsters Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are in there. Anthony Rizzo is back from the World Baseball Classic, where Team Italy made a good account of itself before bowing out. We’ll have more from Rizzo in our main “take” for Sunday’s paper. For the Cubs this spring, he is 4-for-14 with a pair of RBI. His last game for the Cubs was March 3.
“It’s good to be back here,” he said. “I love being here. I love all the guys here, too. The whole experience was a lot of fun. It’s something I think I’ll be able to look back down the road and have a great memory of it.”
Manager Dale Sveum is in Las Vegas, so bench coach Jamie Quirk will run the ballclub here in Mesa. Also scheduled to pitch today for the Cubs are Michael Bowden, Shawn Camp, Kyuji Fujikawa and Carlos Marmol. In Vegas, Jeff Samardzija starts for the Cubs.