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Austin Jackson is still a couple weeks away

May 26, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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Lynn Henning of the Detroit News has an update on center fielder Austin Jackson‘s slow-moving rehabilitation from a strained left hamstring:

“Threw today,” Jackson said Friday as he made it clear he will not be returning quickly from a left hamstring that began acting up two weeks ago and placed him on the disabled list May 12.

He is also preparing to hit a baseball from a tee. But it could be a while before Jackson returns to regular duty, which the hamstring-club membership understands as being part of a long, tedious vigil.

Jackson was eligible for activation on Saturday, but it sounds like he’s at least two weeks away from being ready for live major league games. He first has to be cleared for running and to swing a bat, then comes batting practice, and then he will probably head out on a short minor league rehab assignment.

The 26-year-old was hitting .272/.333/.371 with two homers, five stolen bases, 33 runs scored and 11 RBI in 34 games before suffering the hamstring strain. He hit .300/.377/.479 in 137 games last season.

  1. historiophiliac - May 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Take your time. Please come back. Take your time. Please come back. Take your time. Please come back. Ack!

    • unclemosesgreen - May 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      They don’t really need AJax – they have Don Kelly. He has to be their best backup CF since Brandon Inge.

      • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Garcia had 3RBI’s as a replacement for Kelly today. Viva Garcia!

      • historiophiliac - May 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        Shouldn’t you rather have snarked about Inge filling in for a slumping Avila?

      • unclemosesgreen - May 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        That’s the real beauty of Brandon Inge, he’s a snark-backup to soooo many positions.

      • historiophiliac - May 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Because he sucks at all of them. Poor Pirates.

  2. deweyks - May 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Yes, by all means, take your time. Don Kelly could use the practice…

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