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Austin Jackson is going to be out longer than expected

May 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is eligible to come off the DL this Friday, but it ain’t gonna happen:

While Jackson remains in Detroit rehabbing with physical therapist Steve Scher, he isn’t ready for baseball activities and won’t do any until the Tigers return home and have their medical staff re-evaluate him Friday. That’s also the first day Jackson will be eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.

Any chance of having him back Friday with little or no work on the field now seems out of consideration.

The linked article has a quote from Jim Leyland in which he notes that this is not good news. I applaud writer Jason Beck for editing out what was almost certainly Leyland’s first reaction to the news: “@#$^%(#^^!!$&#@@”

Any more time without Jackson is bad news for the struggling Tigers because he’s seen major improvement this year, hitting .331/.414/.544 with five homers, 17 RBI, six stolen bases and a .958 OPS in 36 games while cutting down on his strikeouts and drawing more walks.

  1. rico7207 - May 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    They should worry more about Cabrera and get him to stop playing like he should be on the DL. He looks so distant in games as if he did not want to be there. Must be drinking again!

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