On Wednesday, May 16, Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was removed from play on account of what was termed a mild abdominal strain. It seemed to be a day-to-day sort of thing, but Jackson didn't recover as he wanted to. After being penciled into the lineup last Tuesday, Jackson was a late scratch due to renewed discomfort. It's not going to surprise anyone now that Jackson is headed for the disabled list:
Jackson will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after missing seven games with a left abdominal strain and leaving the struggling Tigers with a shorthanded bench.
The move is retroactive to May 17 and he'll be eligible to return June 1.
Ryan Raburn has been away on the bereavement list, but he's coming back, and Jackson's going on the DL to make roster room. Even though the Tigers don't anticipate that Jackson should miss a lot of time, they couldn't keep going with an undermanned bench.
Jackson's going to be re-examined on Friday, and he and the team are taking things cautiously so that Jackson doesn't aggravate his injury. If everything goes well, he should be back in the beginning of June. Quintin Berry has started consecutive games for the Tigers in center field, and prior to that, Don Kelly started five in a row.