Monday, May 20, 2013
By Jason Catania
Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has been sidelined since May 11 with a bum right hamstring. What's his outlook?
Given how much Jackson, who is also the Tigers leadoff hitter and team-leader with five steals, relies on his legs, it's promising to hear manager Jim Leyland express optimism that the 26-year-old could be back as soon as he's eligible, per James Schmehl of MLive.com.
That means Jackson could be on the field for Detroit on May 28.
In his absence, the Tigers have used Don Kelly as the primary center fielder, although rookie Avisail Garcia has seen time there, too.
Whether Garcia returns to the minors when Jackson is ready to go remains to be seen, but he would be the most likely send-down if the club chooses to take a hitter off the 25-man.