After a disastrous 2013 season, which included a demotion in the minors,
"I’ve never been more excited to be back in spring training. I’ve never been more excited to be back on the field," he said. "When you’re not playing well, the game’s not fun. I wasn’t having fun last year -- I was hurt and struggling. I rediscovered that fun a little bit this offseason. I feel I’m in the best physical shape I’ve been in and the best mental state I’ve been in in a long time. I’m very confident coming into camp and am excited to be part of this new regime."
Jackson was given an offseason program by the Cubs that included improving his mental approach to the game. Jackson also said he made some slight changes to his approach at the plate.
"The changes I was trying to make last year had all the right intentions and all the right cues for me to become a better player," he said. “However, I was fighting my nature, I was fighting who I was as a natural athlete and I think that made my time at the plate a struggle. Having said that, I’m thankful for last year and I’m thankful for what happened and overcoming the injuries I had and the challenges I had at the plate and on the field. I feel the best I’ve felt moving into spring training."
"We still have belief in both of them," McLeod said, per MLB.com.
"We don't have the young kids who are coming up like last year with Brett Jackson and Vitters," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, per MLB.com. "This year, we have some older guys, some left-handed bats who are obviously in the mix for next year and we want to look at and evaluate."
Jackson and Vitters have both battled injuries and have struggled in the minors this season. Their futures will the club remain in flux.
"Things have changed a great deal with them missing so much time this year," Sveum said. "The player-development part of this year has been pretty much lost for both of them. It'll be a wait-and-see thing this winter."
Jackson had been dealing with a toe injury, and was placed on the 7-day DL. Jackson was expected to compete for a role on the major-league club during the spring, but was limited by a shoulder injury, and was sent to the minors.
Jackson reportedly had been working on a new swing that would help him cut his strikeout rate. Through 64 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa, Jackson has 24 strikeouts.
"Frustrated," Jackson said. "I want to be out there helping the team win. Even DH-ing didn’t feel like enough. But it is what it is. We’ll move forward the best we can."
Prior to going on the disabled list, Jackson was batting .219 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and nine RBI in 19 games. Unfortunately, his strikeout problems have persisted. Jackson, who struck out 158 times in the minors and 59 times in the majors last season, has struck out 24 times this year.
"We’re working on getting him in a better position earlier to put the ball in play," Iowa hitting coach Brian Harper said. "He’s making some adjustments -- starting to swing the bat better."
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