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Jackson exits with hand cramps but is 'fine'

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson exited Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning with cramping in his right hand.

“He’s fine,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the team’s 13-3 loss. “He started developing some cramps in his hand. Kept shaking it out, we saw it and it was just best to not take a chance. But he’s fine. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Jackson walked Yasmani Grandal to lead off the sixth, then allowed a single to Will Venable before Renteria and trainer PJ Mainville came to the mound and eventually removed Jackson from the game. Both runners would end up scoring in a nine-run inning for the Padres.

Jackson said he has experienced the issue once before in his career, but it didn’t cause him to miss any time and he expects to be ready to make his next start.

He said the previous incident was due to dehydration, but he didn’t believe that was the case in this instance.

“I felt it at the beginning of the inning,” Jackson said. “It’s just kind of unfortunate that the bullpen has to come in in a game like that. I was still feeling pretty good and then all of sudden you can’t throw a fastball for a strike.

“I still would rather stay out there and try and battle with it than have the bullpen come in. They’ve been having a little tough run having to come early in games. It’s just a little frustrating when you go from feeling pretty good, feel like you can go deep into a game, and then all of a sudden you can’t throw a strike.”

Jackson is in the second campaign of a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs and has struggled for much of his time with the team.

He tossed five-plus innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out four and walking one in Thursday night’s loss. Jackson fell to 5-11 with a 5.68 ERA on the season.