MILWAUKEE (AP) — Edwin Jackson wasn't happy about being pulled and he let Cubs manager Dale Sveum know it.
After giving up just two runs on two hits through four innings, Jackson was surprised when he was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning of Chicago's 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
Television cameras caught Jackson and Sveum having words as Jackson headed down the tunnel toward the clubhouse. Several Cubs players and coaches moved toward the two as Jackson continued walking down the tunnel.
"I was just ready to go. As a pitcher, we're always just ready to go," Jackson said. "We got a lot of competitors on this team and we're ready to battle at all times. Everybody wants to stay in the game. I was ready to battle, but he made his decision."
Jackson (8-16) said he had no hard feelings toward Sveum.
"I don't have any problem with him. I'm sure he don't have any problem with me," he said. "I was caught off guard a little bit, but it's the nature of the game. He's the manager. He can make the calls whenever he feels like he needs to.
"It's something that happened, but it's not really a big deal. It might be made more of a big deal than it really is."
Sveum understood Jackson's frustration, but was trying to get the Cubs some runs.
"You respect that when players want to stay in the game, but I made that decision," the manager said. "As many one-run ball games as we've played — and in this ball park — I decided to take a shot at tying it back up and making sure we scored that one run."
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said it was just two competitors getting into an argument.