The Detroit Tigers will not rush Austin Jackson back from his hamstring injury. Jackson (pulled left hamstring) is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland seemed doubtful Thursday that he would be ready to play at that point. "I don't know about that," he said. Leyland stressed that he wants to make sure Jackson is certain that he is ready to go. In other words, a bit of patience now could help in preventing the injury from recurring. "I want it right," Leyland said. "We talked about that today: 'Get it right.' I don't want him to come back 85 percent and try to play and then do it again. Try to get it as close to 100 percent as you can. You might not get it to 100 percent. Who knows." The Tigers need their center fielder and offensive catalyst back for the long haul, but it is worth noting that they have received some pretty decent production out of the leadoff spot in his absence. The Tigers have used Andy Dirks in the leadoff spot against right-handers and Omar Infante first in the order against left-handers. Both have posted good numbers in limited at-bats in the leadoff spot this season. Dirks is hitting .317 (13-for-41) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs, seven runs scored and an .846 OPS in nine starts as the leadoff hitter. Omar Infante is 3-for-9 (.333) with a double, two runs scored and an .844 OPS in two games.
Tigers will not rush Austin Jackson back from hamstring injury; Jim Leyland: 'I want it right'
Michigan Live | May 24