Austin Jackson sounded hopeful about starting on Tuesday night. He really did.

Not just hopeful, but encouraged it might happen.

That was before he tested his nagging abdominal strain on the field during Tigers' batting practice at Progressive Field, though, and quickly discovered it still wasn't going to happen.

After the game, Jackson's mood was down. He didn't even sound hopeful about avoiding a trip onto the disabled list.

"It's still not where I need it to be," he said. "It's still grabbing when I twist my body — plus you use those muscles to run. It's just still there."