Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Cubs' Jackson still out; Barney gets a rest
By Doug Padilla
Brett Jackson was not in the Chicago Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Houston Astros, and he doesn’t figure to return to action until the team returns home for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday.
Also not in Tuesday’s lineup was Darwin Barney, who is getting a rest in the midst of his 126-game errorless streak, a record for a National League second baseman. Adrian Cardenas will start in place of Barney.
Jackson suffered a bruised right knee Friday night in Pittsburgh when he slammed into the center field fence after making a spectacular catch on a drive from Andrew McCutchen.
The Cubs’ medical staff told the rookie center fielder that if his foot was planted when he made contact with the wall, there was a good chance of having serious posterior cruciate ligament damage. Because his right foot was off the ground at the time of impact his injury was limited to a deep bruise.
Manager Dale Sveum said that if left-handed hitting Jackson returned to action on the road trip it would be Tuesday since the Cubs were facing a right-handed pitcher. The Astros are scheduled to start left-hander Fernando Abad on Wednesday.
The Cubs have a day off Thursday before they play host to the Pirates for three games beginning Friday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs' complete lineup Tuesday against Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles:
David DeJesus, CF
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Starlin Castro, SS
Steve Clevenger, C
Bryan LaHair, RF
Adrian Cardenas, 2B
Justin Germano, P