The Chicago Cubs are not going anywhere in 2012, but it appears as if interim hitting coach James Rowson may not be going anywhere, either. Rowsen took over as the interim hitting coach in June when Rudy Jaramillo was fired. the progress has so far been slow. The Cubs rank 26th in hitting in the majors with a .240 average and are 29th in runs scored. Manager Dale Sveum is still positive, however:
‘‘I think [Rowson’s] done a good job,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘I don’t think we judge anything like that on numbers or anything like that. But he’s got the right mentality, the work ethic, all that. He’s done a great job for stepping in in a tough situation.’’
Starlin Castro, who is batting .275, leads the Cubs at the plate and is only 30th in the National League batting title race.