DETROIT, MI: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers singles to center field scoring Brennan Boesch #26 in the second inning during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Austin Jackson Heading To Disabled List

Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has been missing time with a strained abdomen, and now the team's giving him an official break instead of running with a short bench.

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Austin Jackson Injury Finally Sends Tigers CF To DL

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.

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