Cubs' Jackson better, still not ready to play

PITTSBURGH -- Brett Jackson was much improved Sunday after his violent collision with the centerfield fence Friday night, but he still might not play for the remainder of the road trip.

Jackson was lucky to suffer nothing more than a bruised right knee when he tracked down a deep fly ball against the Pirates and slammed into the fence. He held onto the ball for one of the highlight catches in all of baseball this season.

Jackson was immediately removed from the game and hasn’t played since. X-rays confirmed he had only a bruise, with skin torn from his knee that was still oozing blood two days later.

He might play when the Cubs get to Houston for a series that ends Wednesday, but it’s likely that he won’t be back until the homestand begins later in the week.

“He’s moving better,” manager Dale Sveum said. “I think three of the next four days are lefties (pitchers) so we might not have to push it anyway. We’ll probably evaluate it seriously on Tuesday when (right-hander Jordan) Lyles throws in Houston and see if he can go on that day.”