MESA, Ariz. Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo cleaned out their lockers, packed their bags and said their goodbyes. You got the feeling that they wouldnt be gone for long.
The Cubs believe Jackson and Rizzo can be foundation pieces in their clubhouse and lineup for years to come just not right now.
Rizzo, the first baseman of the future, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, along with infielder Adrian Cardenas. Jackson, who should be roaming Wrigley Fields outfield sometime this summer, was one of five non-roster invitees assigned to minor-league camp (along with pitcher Jay Jackson, infielder Bobby Scales, outfielder Jim Adduci and catcher Michael Brenly).
The Cubs camp is now down to 40 players after this round of cuts.
Im knocking on the door, Jackson said, so Ill keep trying to force their hand and go to Iowa and knock the crap out of the ball.