The Detroit Tigers might have to make a decision soon about whether to put center fielder Austin Jackson on the disabled list.

A number of factors are coming together to necessitate such a decision:

• Jackson today will miss his seventh straight game because of an abdominal strain. There's no indication he's on the brink of returning.

• Ryan Raburn is due to return from the bereavement list Friday. The Tigers will have to take a player off the roster to make room for Raburn when he returns.

• As long as Jackson is on the active roster but can't play, manager Jim Leyland is operating with one fewer player on the bench than normal. That limits his ability to make late-inning moves.