In the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday’s Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game, with two outs and two on, Pirates star Andrew McCutchen launched a long fly ball to straightaway center. McCutchen was shocked when his counterpart, Brett Jackson, caught the ball while slamming into the centerfield wall.
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Jackson, who made his major league debut on Aug. 5, held onto the ball to end the inning. After laying on the field for several minutes, he was helped off by trainers.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Jackson had X-rays that showed only a bruised knee. His face, which appeared to plant directly into the chain-link portion of the fence, was unscathed.
“That’s the type of player I am; I’ve always been that way,” Jackson said after the game. “I’ll go through a wall for the team. … I don’t really have a second gear. I’m going to go for those balls and I’m sure people will try to tell me to take care of my body but making that play was a little more important than my body at the time.”