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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Austin Jackson's rehab stint has gone to plan so far, but is he ready?

Austin Jackson was lifted for a pinch hitter in the Mud Hens’ game after seven innings Thursday.

Jackson was 2-for-5 vs. the Syracuse Chiefs, raising his average in the three games to date in his rehab stint to .231.

He played in the Hens’ games at Rochester Monday and Tuesday, getting five at-bats as the DH in the first game, and three at-bats in center in the second.

All of that conforms exactly to the plan laid out when Jackson — who has missed 28 games with a hamstring injury — went out on the rehab assignment.

“He’s going to perform some type of duty tomorrow, as well as the next day, then have a day off. Then probably play or DH seven innings on Thursday, and hopefully, the pre-plan is have him join us in Minnesota, depending on how things go,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday, when the move was announced. “If he needs an extra day or so, that would be OK. Or if he’s not ready, then we’ll just have to wait.”

It remains to be seen if he’s ready, though.

And they certainly won’t rush him.

“The target line is Friday, but it doesn’t have to be Friday. We’re not rushing anybody,” Leyland told reporters Monday. “You’ve got to make sure you’re ready to hit up here. I don’t know how many at-bats he needs. Some guys need fewer, some guys need more. We’re just going to play that by ear. He obviously doesn’t have his timing going on yet. That’s pretty understandable.”


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