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• Center fielder Brett Jackson, who missed the last four games with a bruised right knee, was available to pinch-hit on Wednesday. He could be back in the lineup on Friday against Pirates right-hander James McDonald.

"All the swelling has gone down and everything checks out," Sveum said.

• The baserunning blunder that cost the Cubs a run in Tuesday's game continues to baffle Sveum. On Wednesday, he reaffirmed that shortstop Starlin Castro wasn't responsible for not scoring on a fly ball before Dave Sappelt was tagged out at third base.

"It's not on [Castro] at all," Sveum said. "You want everybody to maybe sprint 100 percent through home plate, but not when it's a complete no-brainer, where there's no play at home and no play anywhere else. It's a non-play, basically. It's a sacrifice fly deep enough, kind of in the left-center field gap. It's not Starlin's fault for shutting it down five feet in front of home plate."

Sveum said he would talk to Sappelt about the mistake again.

"Some things aren't acceptable," Sveum said. "That's the bottom line."

• Center fielder Brett Jackson, who missed the last four games with a bruised right knee, was available to pinch-hit on Wednesday. He could be back in the lineup on Friday against Pirates right-hander James McDonald.

"All the swelling has gone down and everything checks out," Sveum said.

• The baserunning blunder that cost the Cubs a run in Tuesday's game continues to baffle Sveum. On Wednesday, he reaffirmed that shortstop Starlin Castro wasn't responsible for not scoring on a fly ball before Dave Sappelt was tagged out at third base.

"It's not on [Castro] at all," Sveum said. "You want everybody to maybe sprint 100 percent through home plate, but not when it's a complete no-brainer, where there's no play at home and no play anywhere else. It's a non-play, basically. It's a sacrifice fly deep enough, kind of in the left-center field gap. It's not Starlin's fault for shutting it down five feet in front of home plate."

Sveum said he would talk to Sappelt about the mistake again.

"Some things aren't acceptable," Sveum said. "That's the bottom line."