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MLB Injury News:
Austin Jackson's hamstring may not be back to full strength quite yet. The Tigers outfielder was held out of Friday's lineup with soreness in his left leg which is related to the recent hamstring injury that put him on the DL. MLB.com's Jason Beck & Bobby Nightengale reported that the problem is in the same place in Jackson's left hamstring, as confirmed by Jackson himself.
"Same spot," Jackson said. "We just want to be cautious with it and not push it."
It seems as though Jackson plans to return to the lineup on Saturday but his absence Friday is a reminder that hamstring injuries can take a long time to fully heal. Jackson went on the DL on May 12th and the injury kept him out for a full month before he was activated last week.
Jackson's speed is crucial to his game, both on the basepaths and in the outfield. He has led the AL in triples in each of the last two seasons and he is also a good defensive center fielder, leading the league in defensive WAR in 2011 with 3.4. The Tigers also need their leadoff hitter healthy and playing every day: Jackson put up a 140 OPS+ in that spot last year, scoring 103 runs in 135 games with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder driving him in.
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