Brett Jackson was right back in the Cubs starting lineup Tuesday, one day after he struck out in all four trips to the plate.
With David DeJesus returning to the leadoff spot against San Diego Padres right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, Jackson moved back down a spot to the No. 2 hole. Jackson batted second in his major league debut Sunday, before moving up to the leadoff spot Monday with DeJesus getting a day off.
Manager Dale Sveum said after Monday’s game that he is committed to using Jackson on an everyday basis knowing that strikeouts are part of the package when it comes to the young outfielder.
Despite being promoted to the major leagues over the weekend, Jackson continues to lead the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts by a wide margin with 158 at Triple-A Iowa.
Josh Vitters, who was also called up Sunday, is not getting the same opportunity to start every day like Jackson is getting. Vitters came off the bench in his first major league game Sunday, was the starter at third base Monday and was back on the bench Tuesday as Luis Valbuena got the start.
Like Jackson, Vitters was also 0-for-4 on Monday with two strikeouts.
Cubs starting pitcher Brooks Raley will make his major league debut. Along with Jackson and Vitters he becomes the third Cubs player to make his debut since Sunday. Raley started the season at Double-A Tennessee before getting an early promotion to Iowa.
The Cubs are in the midst of a six-game losing streak.
The complete Cubs lineup Monday against the Padres:
1. DeJesus, RF
2. Jackson, CF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Steve Clevenger, C
7. Valbuena, 3B
8. Darwin Barney, 2B
Brooks Raley, P