(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Tigers have had problems with scoring runs this season so far, and now it’ll get even tougher as the team has placed Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain.
Jackson hasn’t played since leaving a game on Wednesday. The Tigers had hoped that Jackson would make a speedy recovery, but instead realized that he’d need some extended time off to get healthy. Jackson’s trip to the disabled list will be backdated to May 17, so he is eligible to return to the field as soon as June 1.
Before getting hurt, the 25-year-old Jackson was enjoying the finest start of his young Major League career. He was hitting .331 with five home runs, 17 RBI’s, and on on-base percentage of .414.
Detroit currently ranks 17th in the Majors in runs scored despite coming into the season with a much-hyped offensively charged lineup. At 20-24, the team is in third place in the American League Central division.
Quinton Berry and Don Kelly will fill in for Jackson until he is ready to return.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN