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Injury Report: Cubs avoid big blow to pitching staff; Austin Jackson battles turf toe

Injury Report: Cubs avoid big blow to pitching staff; Austin Jackson battles turf toe

Each week, CSNChicago.com takes a look at the injury report from both the Cubs and White Sox, presented by Service King.

CUBS

It looks like the Cubs have dodged a couple potential big-time injuries to their pitching staff this week.

Jason Hammel was forced to leave his start on Memorial Day after only two innings. He came out to warm up before the third and suddenly found himself on the ground clutching his leg.

The Cubs called it a hamstring cramp, but Hammel is fully expected to make his next start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Meanwhile, closer Hector Rondon was unavailable for a couple games after his back tightened up during a pregame workout. But everything appears to be OK on that front for now, as Joe Maddon said Rondon was good to go for Friday's game. 

If either Hammel or Rondon were forced to miss more time, it would've been a tough blow for the Cubs pitching staff. 

Hammel is 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA as part of the best starting rotation in baseball. Rondon is the anchor in the bullpen, posting a 1.04 ERA and 0.635 WHIP while going a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances.

WHITE SOX

Austin Jackson left Sunday's contest after battling turf toe on his left foot. The White Sox didn't place Jackson on the DL. His return to the lineup is uncertain.

Last week, the White Sox placed Kevan Smith on the 7-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury. The 27-year-old catcher has missed nearly a month of action due to a back injury, but it’s unclear if he’s battling the same injury. Smith has only played in one game in Triple-A Charlotte in the last month and a half.

Jake Petricka has been out since May 2 due to a right hip impingement. The White Sox reliever is currently rehabbing in Arizona, but there’s no timetable for his return.

Daniel Webb also has been out of action for a while. Webb suffered a right elbow flexor inflammation injury and was placed on the 15-day DL on April 29. He remains there and it’s unclear when he’ll make his return.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.