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Austin Jackson could return to the Tigers next weekend

Jun 9, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson has been on the disabled list for almost four weeks — much longer than expected — with a strained left hamstring.

But his return is apparently drawing near.

According to’s Jason Beck, A-Jax is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment early this week with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens and could rejoin the Tigers’ active roster next weekend in Minnesota if everything goes smoothly.

Jackson, 26, 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 with 16 homers, 12 steals, 103 runs scored and 66 RBI in 137 games last year.

Avisail Garcia has been serving as Detroit’s primary center fielder in Jackson’s absence.

  1. druhlman - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I wish Garcia could stay up with Jackson’s return, as I really like what I have seen from him.

  2. deweyks - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    He won’t, though. Not with “Killer” Don Kelly on the roster.

    • philliesblow - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      That’s “3 run HR Killer” to you. Garcia is better off playing every day in Toledo than getting a very reduced role once AJax is back.

  3. jterihay65 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I love it when people make little stabs at Kelly, the guy is not going to carry a team and he is not fantastic but he does everything asked of him and does it pretty well for being a bench player, like winning the game for them today he is the ultimate team player and made a nice catch in center, maybe you forgot what Garcia did either friday or saturday, his first step he went back on a ball I believe Santana was hitting then he came in but it should have been caught for a out, so do not rag on Kelly he is ok player and almost all the time makes contact, if you want to rag on someone rag on Alex Avila. Alex is making better contact at least this weekend he looked like he was he had 3 hits and hit a sac fly for a run. Oh and by the way Tigers 5 1/2 up on the Indians. Killer Kelly your probably to you but there was a movie with Kirk Douglas made in the late 50’s he played a boxer that won the title his name was Midge Kelly someone called him Killer Kelly, anyway he died of a brain hemoridge in the movie. The Champion was the name of the Movie.

    • deweyks - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Dude, where did you read where I took a “stab” at Don Kelly. I know he hit a homer today, it’s what won the game. Lighten up.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Yeah, an AJax return will be nice for Detroit. I’m glad they’re making sure that he’s ready to go and not pushing it. Kelly can play almost every position including catcher, so that’s basically why he’s our top utility man.

    • asaglover32 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Kelly can and has played every position

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