ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that the Cubs have designated Edwin Jackson for assignment and called up reliever Rafael Soriano from Triple-A Iowa. Though the move isn’t surprising given Jackson’s struggles, it has nevertheless left a “somber mood” in the Cubs’ locker room, Rogers notes.
The Cubs signed Jackson to a four-year, $52 million contract in December 2012, but it didn’t work out. Over 347 innings with the Cubs, the right-hander compiled a 5.37 ERA. This season, it was a respectable 3.19 in 31 relief innings, but his strikeout and walk rates are pedestrian at best for a reliever.
Soriano only tossed seven innings in the minors for the Cubs but allowed no runs while allowing four hits and three walks and striking out seven.
Watch as Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen collects the 1,000th hit of his career on a sharply-struck infield single Wednesday night against Cubs reliever Edwin Jackson …
1,000 hits isn’t really a notable milestone — over 1,200 players have done it — but it’s impressive how quickly the 28-year-old McCutchen got there. He made his major league debut for the Pirates on June 4, 2009.
MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports that lefty Travis Wood has won the last remaining spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation. He’ll take the No. 4 spot ahead of Kyle Hendricks. Edwin Jackson, who lost out on the job to Wood, will head to the bullpen.
Wood allowed nine earned runs with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings this spring. Jackson also allowed nine earned runs but had a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.
A year after finishing with a 3.11 ERA, Wood posted a 5.03 ERA for the Cubs last season. Wood has shown the ability to be an above-average starter but has struggled with consistency over his five-year major league career.