With the departure of Marlon Byrd, all of Cubdom is wondering when Brett Jackson will be patrolling center field on the North Side. Jed Hoyer wants us to know that we’ll see him when he gets here. And that won’t be right now.
“Brett’s playing hard and all the reports on what he’s doing in Iowa are good,” Hoyer said. “He’s still early in his Triple-A career. He hasn’t had that many plate appearances down there. He still has work to do. We feel he’s a big part of our future but I wouldn’t read into anything as far as timing.”
And to anyone paying attention this year, it should come as no surprise that the Cubs have been trying to trade Byrd since spring training.
“The slow start didn’t play any part at all,” Hoyer said. “We had talked about a deal [with the Red Sox] at the end of Spring Training. Our feeling was we’ve been trying to acquire relief pitching since the end of the winter. We felt like an area we have some surplus with young players we want to play is in the outfield, so that was a big part of it.”
So we’ll probably see Tony Campana scampering around Wrigley for awhile. Speaking of young Cubs, Starlin Castro made errors six and seven yesterday.
“Sometimes when I make errors, it’s tough for me,” Castro said. “[I think] that’s not gonna happen because I work too much on my defense. But I’m still working, concentrating, I’ll be good on my defense too.”
Keep on keepin’ on, Starlin.
Today’s game features the return of the exiled Randy Wells, who’s in town to fill in for Ryan Dempster. He’ll be facing Johnny Cueto, who is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA. Today’s lineup: