Austin Jackson isn't ready to hit, and now the Tigers plan on eliminating him from late-inning defensive replacement duty until his left wrist gets better. Since hurting the wrist, Jackson has batted just once, July 7 at Kansas City, and was pulled after one at-bat. On July 8 he entered the game as a defensive replacement and did the same July 10 at Kansas City in the eighth inning before the All-Star break. "Right now I don't even think I'll be a defensive replacement," said Jackson, who missed Sunday's game against Chicago. "It is better, but I don't want to have a setback. We're going to try to rest it." Manager Jim Leyland said the club hasn't made a decision on whether to put Jackson on the disabled list or let him stay on the active roster until the wrist heals. Andy Dirks has replaced Jackson in centerfield. "We haven't had a need the last couple of nights (to use Jackson as a defensive replacement)," Leyland said. "We weren't going to do it. We want to hold off in case we had to DL him. I don't know about that. We probably won't know the answer to that until Tuesday about how the situation stands.
Tigers' Austin Jackson unavailable for defensive duties, might see DL
Detroit Free Press | Jul 18