Austin Jackson
CF CLE
4 days ago

Jackson agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Indians, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson joined the Indians as a non-roster invitee and impressed the team enough to earn a major league roster spot. The 30-year-old will likely serve as a reserve outfielder in 2017.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
5 days ago

The Indians have a roster decision to make on Jackson, who is in camp on a minor-league deal. Jackson has an opt-out clause for Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson has had a solid spring at the plate, but he might not be needed if Michael Brantley is finally back to 100 percent. It's possible he sticks around with the big club, he could accept at role with Triple-A Columbus or he might decide he has a better chance with another organization. Either way his fantasy future is rather murky.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
6 days ago

Jackson's future with the Indians will depend on the health of left fielder Michael Brantley, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

When camp opened, it appeared the Indians could use Jackson to add outfield depth on Opening Day. That could change if Brantley's comeback continues progressing well like it has in recent days. "With Brantley back we probably wouldn't need the same number of plate appearances [from reserve outfielders]," general manager Mike Chernoff said. Jackson is coming off his own health issues that led to season-ending knee surgery last year. However, he appears healthy now and has done what he can so far in spring training. Jackson is 7-for-21 (.333) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and four runs through seven Cactus League appearances. A decision on whether he makes the 25-man roster will come down to the wire.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
4 weeks ago

Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Jackson (knee) could make his Cactus League debut as soon as Wednesday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson, who signed a minor-league deal with the Tribe in January, has been eased into spring-training activity while recovering from June surgery to address a torn meniscus. He seems to be coming along nicely as he's increased his involvement in drills, and if all goes well in the next few days, it looks like he could soon see him back in the field. If Jackson performs well in Cactus League play and shows his knee isn't an issue, he could end up settling into a platoon role in center field with Tyler Naquin to open the season.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
1 month ago

Jackson (left knee) is no longer restricted with his hitting, but is still gradually working his way up to outfield-specific agility drills, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The thought has been that Jackson could be ready to race for an Opening Day roster spot, but that looks cloudier each week he continues to lag behind the other outfielders in camp. Manager Terry Francona said the veteran still has a ways to go before he'll be ready to compete with the group. "The biggest thing is he has to be able to make his cuts -- reacting," Francona said. "He's a good center fielder. That's part of his skill set. So, asking him to do it before he's ready isn't fair to anybody." Even if healthy and on the 25-man roster, Jackson is best-suited for deeper leagues at best.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
1 month ago

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Jackson (knee) is still a bit behind the rest of the hitters in camp, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran outfielder underwent surgery in June to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, and the recovery process seems to have taken longer than expected to conclude. Jackson is still expected to be ready by the start of the regular season, and if he can get healthy and prove his worth during spring training, he could crack the Opening Day roster as an insurance policy for embattled outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder).

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
2 months ago

Jackson and the Indians agreed to terms on a minor league deal Wednesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The soon-to-be-30-year-old has spent time with the Mariners, Cubs and White Sox over the last two seasons after moving on from a three-plus-year stint in Detroit. Jackson, who underwent surgery in June to repair a torn meniscus, appeared in 54 games for the White Sox in 2016, hitting .254 with 18 RBI, 17 walks and 39 strikeouts in 203 plate appearances. While his deal with Cleveland is technically a minor league pact, it includes roughly in incentives, as well as an opt-out should things not go Jackson's way in spring training. If Jackson fares well, he'll have a chance to make the Opening Day roster as a right-handed-hitting center fielder who would provide insurance behind Michael Brantley (shoulder).

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
7 months ago

Jackson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee in June, and though the initial expectation was that he'd be able to return after about four weeks off, the recovery has gone slower than expected. He'll now shut it down for the remainder of the year after appearing in just 54 games in his lone season with the White Sox, and will hit free agency once again in the upcoming offseason.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
8 months ago

Jackson (knee) isn't close to beginning a rehab assignment, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson rejoined the White Sox on Saturday, but it appears that was just for an evaluation rather than a final check-up. He's still beginning to ease his way back into baseball activities and may be trending toward a September activation at this point. Jackson has been sidelined since early June with the knee injury.

Austin Jackson
CF CLE
8 months ago

Jackson (knee) had a follow up MRI that showed some improvement, Connor McKnight of the White Sox reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jackson will now begin increasing his non-impact activity and is expected to miss several more weeks. The 29-year-old has only played three games since the start of June, but will hope to get back to action in August and finish the season on a good note as the White Sox center fielder.