With Austin Jackson back in center field, and leading off again, what does the future hold for Quintin Berry?

Not a lot of time in the starting lineup, it appears.

"There's no question," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It is what it is. He's an extra player on the bench — maybe pinch-hitting to lead off an inning. Maybe pinch run.

"There's a role there. But hopefully we've got Brennan Boesch going. I'm not going to take him out. I'm also not going to take Delmon (Young) out — and Jackson is our center fielder."

What about when the Tigers get back home and return to lineups that include the designated hitter?

"I want to get (Andy) Dirks back in the lineup," said Leyland. "That's what I want to do."

Dirks is expected to come off the disabled list Friday

Berry has played well while Jackson has been out on the DL with an abdominal strain since May 17 until being activated before Saturday's game against the Reds.

Jackson went 0-for-4 in his return. Berry was used as a late-inning defensive replacement.

In 16 games, Berry is hitting .288 with five RBIs and seven stolen bases. He's also made several excellent plays in center.