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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tigers finally put AJax on DL, part of a flurry of moves

Austin Jackson's injury wasn't a hamstring, but that's the effect his absence has had on the Detroit Tigers.

After missing seven games with a strained abdominal muscle, the Tigers finally put their leadoff hitter on the disabled list, back-dating the move to May 17, the day he left the game after hurting himself on a swing. The Tigers averaged three runs per game in his absence so far, nearly a run and a quarter down from their average of 4.22 for the season.

While Jackson had optimistically tested the strain over the weekend, with some swings in the batting cage, his setback on Tuesday — causing him to be a late scratch from that night's game — all but guaranteed this wouldn't be a short process. Jackson, who suffered through a similar injury last year, saying "it took a minute" to heal up, will be eligible to come off the DL for the Tigers' return to Comerica Park for the Yankees series June 1-3.

"We've got a lot going on right now, and not enough going on. We've got a bunch of moves, seems like something every day. But the bulk of it is, we're not hitting, not scoring runs," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said in his postgame media session, broadcast by FOX Sports Detroit after the third-place Tigers had been swept out of Cleveland. "Really out of synch right now, without a question."

The Tigers will use the spot to reinstate Ryan Raburn from the bereavement list on Friday. Raburn was placed on the list on Tuesday, after his grandmother passed away.

Also after the game, the Tigers announced they'd optioned the contract of rookie reliever Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo, and reinstated Luis Marte from the 15-day disabled list.

Leyland had called Marte "the forgotten man" a couple of weeks ago, someone he felt at least a bit of loyalty to, having watched him win the competition for the final bullpen spot in spring training, only to pull his hamstring in the team's second-to-last exhibition contest. He'd finally returned to game action in the last two weeks, throwing two scoreless innings at Class A Lakeland, then three scoreless innings at Triple-A Toledo on Monday.

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