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Tigers place Austin Jackson on DL, call up Avisail Garcia

May 13, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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Austin Jackson is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury and the Tigers have called up Avisail Garcia from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.

It’s unclear how the Tigers will replace him in center field. Don Kelly started there in each of the past two games Jackson missed, but it seems unlikely that even Jim Leyland is obsessed enough with Kelly to keep that going. Torii Hunter could slide over from right field or Andy Dirks could slide over from left field, but whatever the case the Tigers are going to suffer defensively.

Garcia has also played some center field in the minors, but he’s been a corner outfielder this season while hitting .426 with two homers and a 1.076 OPS in 14 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM


    • proudlycanadian - May 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      The Tigers have not won since he got hurt.

      • jeffchadwick - May 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        If Austin Jackson came out of the bullpen, you may have had a point.

      • proudlycanadian - May 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        If Jackson had been playing, it is quite possible that the Tigers would not have had to rely on Valverde and the bullpen.

  2. historiophiliac - May 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Dammit! I wanted to see him this weekend. >:(

    This day freaking sucks.

    • proudlycanadian - May 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Looking on the bright side, there is a chance that you will not see Valverde pitch.

    • detroitr1 - May 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Garcia can be fun to watch–it’s not the same but he has a Francoeur-like cannon of an arm and can drive in runs if you recall the ALDS games last year.

      • historiophiliac - May 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        I’m not hating on Garcia. A-Jax is from Denton and I’m gonna be in TX this weekend to watch them play. It’s fun to see the hometown boys play — the crowd is usually nice to him even though it’s the opposing team.

  3. davidglenn1110 - May 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Reblogged this on davidglenn1110 and commented:
    Could be trouble.

    • kalinedrive - May 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      And we care why?

      • historiophiliac - May 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        It could be TROUBLE, man!

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