Brett Jackson, one of the Cubs top prospects who is widely expected to appear in Chicago’s outfield later this summer, is on the disabled list with a injury to the little finger of his left hand. According to Carrie Muskat, he injured the finger while stealing second base. According to Bruce Levine, he was hit by a pitch. Given Levine’s occasionally inaccurate record when talking about Cubs’ prospects, I’d go with Muskat on this one. Both agree he saw a hand specialist in Chicago. So far I haven’t seen anything on the outcome of that meeting, but we will update you when we hear something.
With Jackson out for at least a little while, Nelson Perez gets the call from Daytona. This will be his first stint in Double A. Perez, a left handed hitting outfielder, was a having pretty good year in Daytona, but the jump to Double A is said to be the most difficult jump to make. If he plays well for the Smokies, the Cubs may think about shuffling rosters again so he can stay in Tennessee when Jackson comes back, or perhaps sending Jackson directly to Iowa on his return.
Edit: It looks like Jackson has a strained ligament, and no broken bones. There shouldn’t be any worries about long term effects. In a couple of weeks he’ll probably be back to normal.