HOUSTON -- If Brett Jackson was going to make a start in Houston after bruising his right knee in Pittsburgh on Friday, it probably would've happened on Tuesday against Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles.
Jackson was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game, though, and manager Dale Sveum said that Jackson probably wouldn't start until Friday. He'll be available on Wednesday, but with the Cubs facing left-hander Fernando Abad, Jackson is unlikely to crack the lineup.
"It's just still stiff and sore," Sveum said. "He might be available [to pinch-hit Tuesday], actually. We'll see how the running goes."
Jackson injured the knee crashing into the outfield wall at PNC Park while making an outstanding catch. Sveum said Jackson would come out to the field early on Wednesday to do some running and then take regular batting practice.
With Jackson on the mend, David DeJesus started in center field for the first time since Aug. 11. Alfonso Soriano manned left field and Bryan LaHair started in right field. LaHair hadn't started since Aug. 30 against the Brewers.