Austin Jackson CF DET 24 Days
Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that it "could be a while" before Austin Jackson (hamstring) is activated from the disabled list.
Jackson is eligible to be activated on Monday, but he's not remotely close to being ready for action. The outfielder has been throwing for a few days and will hit off a tee soon, but it appears that trying to run is a ways down the road. Don Kelly and Avisail Garcia will continue to share center field until A-Jax is ready.
Austin Jackson CF DET 27 Days
Austin Jackson (hamstring) is unlikely be activated from the disabled list when he's eligible Monday.
Jackson landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained left hamstring, but we haven't heard much about his progress. That's probably because there's little to update, as Chris Iott of MLive.com hears that he isn't currently doing any physical activity. Fantasy owners will have to hope that changes real soon.
Austin Jackson CF DET 1 Month
Tigers placed OF Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Jackson is expected to need the full 15 days. Avisail Garcia was called up from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding roster move and will get regular playing time in the Detroit outfield over the next two-plus weeks. Jackson was batting .272/.333/.371 with two homers, 11 RBI, five stolen bases and 33 runs scored in 34 games.
Austin Jackson CF DET 2 Months
Austin Jackson is leading all of baseball with 28 runs scored this season.
It's not a surprise given that Jackson has yet to receive a day off and is getting on base at a nice .356 clip. The outfielder is hitting .293/.356/.407 with two homers and 10 RBI for the year, and he's swiped five bases. The steals in particular are nice after A-Jax fell off to 12 pilfers last season.
Austin Jackson CF DET 3 Months
Austin Jackson struck out all three times up Monday against Marlins lefty Wade LeBlanc.
LeBlanc is hardly a big strikeout guy in the first place, and he doesn't even have the platoon advantage in this case. Jackson had cut down on the strikeouts early in the spring, but he's now fanned in five straight games, racking up a total of eight in 17 at-bats. His average is down to .241.
Austin Jackson CF DET 3 Months
Austin Jackson tripled, doubled, walked and scored three times Friday in the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays.
Jackson also swiped his second base of the spring. He's hitting a modest .229, but it comes with just four strikeouts in 36 at-bats. Last year, he struck out 20 times in 70 spring at-bats.
Austin Jackson CF DET 4 Months
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday that he would like Austin Jackson to run more.
"I would," said Leyland. "That's basically what we are saying. The better way to put it is that I would like him to steal more important bases. I've always said that to steal a base when everybody knows you're going to try, that's when you are a base stealer." Jackson had 27 stolen bases in his rookie season in 2010, but it dropped to 22 swipes in 2011 and he was just 12-for-21 in stolen base chances last year. The Tigers are bringing Jeff Cox to spring training as a baserunning consultant to try to reverse the trend and get Jackson more aggressive on the basepaths.
Austin Jackson CF DET 5 Months
Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
He receives a nice bump in salary as a first-time arbitration-eligible player. It's a well-deserved raise, as Jackson bounce back with a big 2012, batting .300/.377/.479 with 16 home runs while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.