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Tigers Austin Jackson to return next weekend?

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Detroit Tigers star young outfielder Austin Jackson has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a left hamstring injury, but he is hoping to be activated next week. Tigers beat writer Jason Beck tweeted that “if all goes well” there is a “possibility” of Austin Jackson rejoining the Tigers next week to play against the AL Central rival Minnesota Twins.

In 151 at-bats this season, the 26-year-old OF has a .704 OPS and a .333 OBP with seven doubles, five steals, and 33 runs scored. He had a slower than expected start to the season, but hopefully Jackson can heat up for the Tigers and be a catalyst for this team once he comes back from what will be a month-long stint on the DL.

Jackson took batting practice and fielded fly-balls earlier this week, and he has resumed running again after feeling soreness whilst running last week. He will still need to play in rehab games, but at least there is finally a timetable. The fact that there is a time table and a relatively optimistic target date for Jackson is encouraging, and today will likely dictate how soon he joins the Triple-A Toledo squad for a couple of rehab games. We’ll see if Jackson can make it in time for the Twins series, and the injury has definitely been a lengthy one for Jackson.

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