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Jackson has been moved to the bullpen, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Dodgers roughed Jackson up to the tune of five earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning last week, and it was evidently the last straw for Cubs manager Rick Renteria. Jackson will pitch out of the bullpen the rest of the way, and Renteria went on to say middle relief could be an ideal fit for the right-hander, who hasn't pitched extensively out of the bullpen since 2006. Jackson, who has two years and $22 million remaining on his contract, is 14-33 with a 5.60 ERA in his 58 starts with the Cubs.

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Jackson's season may be done, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles reports.

For owners who don't have a self-loathing complex, Jackson is probably already an afterthought at this point in the season. The Cubs appear to be leaning toward giving their young hurlers some extra opportunities down the stretch, and with Jackson's ERA sitting at a robust 6.38, it's hard to fault them.

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Jackson suffered his 15th loss of the season Friday afternoon after allowing five earned runs on four hits and a walk through just two-thirds of an inning versus the Dodgers.

Fresh off of a month-long stay on the DL due to a lat strain, Jackson's mostly miserable 2014 campaign continued Friday afternoon. The veteran right-hander is slated to mercifully wrap up his season Wednesday versus the Cardinals, but it would not be surprising if he does not take the mound again until next year.

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Jackson (back) has been activated from the 15-day DL and will start Friday against the Dodgers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Jackson has been held out of action for nearly a month, and will return to square off against Clayton Kershaw and a tough Dodger lineup. The plan was for Jackson to make at least one more start this season, and last weekend's bullpen session confirmed his health for Friday. The 31-year-old righty has had a rough 2014 season, posting a 6.09 ERA and losing 14 games for the last-place Cubs.

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Jackson (back) is on track to start Friday's game against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jackson threw a light bullpen session over the weekend and will make at least one more start before the end of the season. He hasn't taken the mound since August 20, when he was shelled for seven earned runs in just 2.2 innings. On the season, Jackson holds a 6.09 ERA with 123 strikeouts and 61 walks over 139.0 total innings.

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Jackson (back) will pitch a simulated game before returning the Cubs in the next two weeks, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said that the team might find a spot start or two for Jackson down the stretch, which puts a simulated game on tap in the coming days to determine if his lat strain has healed enough for him to pitch.

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Jackson (back) threw a light bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

The Cubs will continue to monitor Jackson's progress as he recovers from a right lat strain, but there's no real incentive to rush him back to action. Given the Cubs' place in the NL Central standing and the right-hander's ugly numbers over his first two seasons in Chicago, Jackson looks like he could be a sunk cost for the team at this point.

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Jackson was placed on the DL on Thursday with a right lat strain, Bruce Miles of The Daily Herald reports.

While it wasn't revealed until Thursday that Jackson is apparently dealing with an injury, his performance on the mound has been less-than-stellar of late. He allowed seven runs on eight hits Wednesday - his ninth straight start of allowing at least two earned runs in 6.0 innings or less. Jackson may have been facing a demotion to the bullpen, but he'll instead hit the DL for a chance to recover, as well as hit the reset button. In a corresponding move, the Cubs recalled Zach Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.

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Jackson was knocked around Wednesday for seven runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings against the Giants.

The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field, but Jackson is not making a very strong case to remain in the Cubs rotation. The right-hander has coughed up 12 runs in his last two starts and his ERA has now climbed to 6.09. If Jackson stays in the rotation, he'll face the Reds on Tuesday.

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The Cubs won't remove Jackson from the rotation just yet. "We're trying to give [Jackson] an opportunity to right the ship," Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said. "It seems like the first inning, we're in a hole right away, and he's battling right away, and we haven't been able to solve that problem. Hopefully, we can find a solution by the end of the year and go into the offseason with some momentum."

That said, the team is looking to find ways to give innings to Dan Straily (who will pitch Saturday but then will be sent back down), Jacob Turner and Felix Doubront. The Cubs don't believe that Jackson's problems stem from a degradation of his stuff (for instance, he hasn't lost velocity on his fastball), but rather his location.