Cubs mulling September callups

Cubs mulling September callups

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Cubs return home Friday, manager Mike Quade, interim general manager Randy Bush and player development director Oneri Fleita will meet to discuss possible callups. And Brett Jackson's name is certain to come up.

The Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa in mid-July. In 42 games at Iowa, the outfielder has hit .319 with 12 doubles, two triples, nine homers and six stolen bases.

He got off to a slow start, hitting .233 in his first 17 games, but was batting .369 in August. If called up, Jackson's service-time clock would start ticking. Do the Cubs feel he's ready? Is it worth it to call him up now or wait?

"I want to do what's right for the organization and the kid, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart," Quade said Monday. "He's a fine-looking young player. People who are watching him and see him every day are in a good position to make a decision as to whether we should bring him up here."

The Cubs were expected to add catcher Welington Castillo, who was hitting .286 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 61 games with Iowa, and first baseman Bryan LaHair, who was named to the All-Pacific Coast League team Monday. He belted his Minor League-best 37th homer Monday night and now has tied Iowa's franchise record for home runs in a single season, set by Joe Hicks in 1984.