Updated: September 23, 2014 6:35AM
It might have looked like adding injury to insult when the Cubs placed struggling, $52 million pitcher Edwin Jackson on the disabled list Thursday with a lat strain.
But Jackson remains confident he can return stronger and better from soreness that has plagued him for weeks until finally admitting the issue to the medical staff Wednesday night.
While fans on Twitter reacted with apparently bitter satisfaction over Jackson’s departure from the rotation under any circumstances, the veteran right-hander and one-time All-Star accepted responsibility for the disappointment his performance has been nearly halfway through his four-year contract.
“I’ve never been one to make excuses,” said Jackson (6-14, 6.09 ERA), who vowed to show over the rest of the deal the kind of pitcher he has been during more successful stretches of his career.
“I don’t think I’ve proven to the fans of Chicago or the organization what I can do, what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “But I still have a lot of upside. I haven’t proved it, and at the end of the day you have to go out and do it on the field.
“I haven’t lost my confidence. When I take the field, I feel like I’m the best pitcher on the field. But I still think I have a lot to prove to the organization, and I have a lot to prove to the fans of Chicago, and I still feel like I owe them a lot.
“Being paid a lucrative contract, I feel like I owe a lot on the field.”
Jackson said he didn’t have an anticipated timeline for a return but believes his injury isn’t season-ending. He finished the season with something similar last season but rest took care of the issue, and he said he was fine by the time he started his off-season program.
Recently acquired Jacob Turner, who gave up a run in two innings leading off the completion of Tuesday’s suspended game Thursday, likely will be stretched out and could be a candidate to take Jackson’s slot in the rotation while he’s sidelined.
Left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup was recalled from AAA Iowa to take Jackson’s spot on the roster.
With shortstop Starlin Castro officially going on baseball’s bereavement list, the Cubs recalled infielder Logan Watkins from Iowa to take his roster spot.
Castro returned home to the Dominican Republic to be with grieving family after he lost four close friends and family in a car accident Wednesday.
The bereavement policy allows the club to fill his roster spot with another player for up to seven days. Manager Rick Renteria said he had no timetable for Castro’s return.
This Date In Baseball
1886 — Cincinnati outfielder Abner Powell was literally brought down by the dog days of summer. Chicken Wolf of the Louisville Colonels hit a deep drive and Powell took off after it, joined by a dog that had been sleeping by the fence. The dog bit Powell’s leg before the outfielder could get to the ball and wouldn’t let go as Wolf scored on a game-winning inside-the-park homer.
1917 — Pittsburgh’s Carson Bigbee set a major-league record — since tied — with 11 at-bats in a 22-inning game against Brooklyn. Pirate Elmer Jacobs pitched 16 2-3 innings in relief. The game was also the fourth consecutive extra-inning game by the Pirates for a total of 59 innings, a National League record.
1934 — Pitcher Wes Ferrell hit two home runs to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago White Sox in 12 innings. Trailing 2-1, Ferrell hit a home run in the eighth inning to tie the score and with two out in the 12th, Ferrell connected again for the game-winner.
1959 — Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson hit three consecutive homers in an 11-4 win over St. Louis.
1961 — Roger Maris, en route to his 61-home run season, became the first player to hit his 50th homer in August. He connected off California pitcher Ken McBride in a 4-3 loss to the Angels.
1965 — In the third inning of a game against Los Angeles, pitcher Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants hit catcher John Roseboro of the Dodgers in the head with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensued and Roseboro suffered cuts on the head. Marichal thought Roseboro threw too close to his head when returning the ball to Sandy Koufax.
1984 — New York Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden, at 19, fanned nine San Diego Padres to become the 11th rookie to strike out 200 batters in one season.
1989 — Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers became the first pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters. Ryan struck out 13, walked two and allowed only five hits in a 2-0 loss to Oakland. Ryan began the night needing six strikeouts and fanned Rickey Henderson swinging, leading off the fifth inning, for the record.
1998 — Mark McGwire set a major league record for most home runs in three consecutive seasons, connecting for his 52nd homer of 1998 in the first inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 14-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. McGwire with 162 homers in three seasons, including 52 in 1996 and 58 in 1997 passed Babe Ruth who had 161 from 1926-28.
1999 — Mark McGwire became the first player to hit 50 homers in each of four consecutive seasons, hitting Nos. 49 and 50 in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets.
2000 — Colorado tied an NL record by using 10 pitchers in a 7-6, 12-inning win over Atlanta. Catcher Brent Mayne worked a scoreless 12th inning to become the first position player to win a game since the Yankees’ Rocky Colavito on Aug. 25, 1968.
2006 — Nick Markakis homered in his first three at-bats to lead Baltimore to a 6-3 victory over Minnesota.
2007 — The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez each homered twice and finished with seven RBIs. The 30 RBIs set a major league record. Texas also won the nightcap 9-7.
2011 — Atlanta’s Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run of the season in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Uggla reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season. No other second baseman in major league history has reached 30 homers more than three times overall.
2012 — Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, including two in a nine-run fourth inning, and had five RBIs for the Texas Rangers in a 12-3 victory over Baltimore.
2012 — Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games after a positive drug test.