CHICAGO – Cubs outfielder David DeJesus doesn’t want to discuss the controversy surrounding the near beaning he received from Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
Cueto threw above DeJesus’ head during the sixth inning Sunday prompting Cubs’ Matt Garza to criticize Cueto after the game, in part telling reporters, “that’s immature on his part.”
On Monday, DeJesus said he appreciated Garza’s support but didn’t want the issue to carry on any longer. DeJesus was told by his teammates that Cueto was agitated when he took his time during his first at-bat of the game.
“I don’t think this needs to get blown out of proportion,” DeJesus said. “ … Hopefully it’s over with. Let’s just move on. It’s not worth putting any more oil in the fire.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker drew more attention to the situation by defending his pitcher on Monday and suggested Garza and Cueto should resolve the issue themselves.
“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with,” Baker told reporters.
Jackson ready to face former team: For the first time since the Sox traded him to the Blue Jays midseason in 2011, Edwin Jackson returns to U.S. Cellular Field to pitch against his former team.
Jackson (1-7) takes the mound today and hopes he can turn around his underwhelming start to the season.
The 29-year-old said he has kept in contact with some of his former Sox teammates through text messaging.
Jackson smiled when asked if he thought Sox fans would boo him upon his return to the field he called home for parts of two seasons.
“We’ll see, time will tell,” Jackson said. “I’m not sure [if fans will boo], but either way it’ll be fun.”
Roster moves: Before Monday’s game, the Cubs placed right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a muscular strain of his right forearm.
Right-hander Alex Burnett, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Monday, was added to the roster. Fujikawa will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury, and general manager Jed Hoyer said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the prognosis.
However, Fujikawa suffered the same injury earlier this season, which led to a DL stint that ended less than a month ago.
Manager Dale Sveum suggested Carlos Marmol will become the Cubs’ set-up man.
“Things had been going pretty good in the backend of the bullpen so we’ll make due somehow,” Sveum said.