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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Jackson to start home opener vs. Brewers
By Jesse Rogers
Edwin Jackson will open the season as the No. 2 starter with Matt Garza sidelined.
GLENDALE, Ariz. --
will make his Wrigley Field debut as a member of the
in the team's home opener against the
on April 8, manager Dale Sveum said Thursday.
Sveum announced the rotation for the first week of the season with
starting Opening Day against the
on April 1 followed by Jackson and
to wrap up the series.
and Samardzija will start in Atlanta against the Braves April 5-7.
Sveum said he wanted the lefty Wood to pitch in Pittsburgh because he likes the matchup there.
are expected to open the season on the disabled list, allowing Sveum to set up his rotation now.
Garza is recovering from a lat injury he suffered the first week of spring training.
"Everything is great with him," Sveum said of Garza's progress.
Garza has been working his way back to the mound by playing long toss from 45 and 60 feet. If he progresses accordingly, he'll throw from 90 feet this weekend and then get back on a mound.
Baker is recovering from Tommy John surgery which caused him to miss all of last season. His first Cactus League start is scheduled for Sunday against the
Garza and Baker are expected to join the rotation when healthy.