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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Edwin Jackson, Justin Ruggiano (UPDATED)


By on 7/25/2014 08:15:00 AM

Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson left Thursday night's 13-3 loss to the San Diego Padres with cramping in his pitching hand, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Jackson, who allowed seven hits and five runs (four earned) in five innings, has experienced the condition previously but has not missed a start. Rumor has it that the last-place Cubs are looking to trade Jackson and his 5.68 ERA. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with a tight groin that has kept him out since Tuesday. Manager Rick Renteria siad he was feeling better on Thursday.
UPDATE: 7/25/2014 1:00 p.m. Ruggiano is not in Friday's starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 (OPS+118) with four homers and 22 RBI in 58 games. He missed 28 games (April 24 to May 26) on the DL for a strained left hamstring.

Edwin Jackson posted his league-worst 11th loss on the season (against five wins) as reliever Brian Schlitter allowed two inherited runners to score and then gave up another five runs. All nine Padres crossed home plate in the sixth inning, on eight singles, two walks and a hit batter, with the Firars loading the bases seven times and sending more batters to the plate than they had since the first frame of a July 28, 2007 game against the Astros, according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com.

Jackson, 30, also posted a league-worst 18 losses in 2013 with the Cubs, along with a 5.98 ERA. His best season was 2009, when he was with Detroit, going 13-0 with a 3.62 ERA and was named to the AL All-Star team. In twelve major league seasons, Jackson has pitched for eight clubs (Dodgers, Devil Rays/Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs) compiling an overall record of 83-100, ERA 4.56.

"Ejax" was drafted in 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers (6th round) and made his debut on his 20th birthday, September 9, 2003. He was part of trades involving Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer, Phil Coke, Austin Jackson, and Colby Rasmus (among others) until he reached free agency after the 2011 season. He signed a one-year "pillow" contract with the Washington Nationals and did well enough (10-11, 4.03 ERA) to score a four-year $52 million deal with the Cubs that takes him through 2016.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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