Jackson's rehab assignment off to good start

Jackson's rehab assignment off to good start

HOUSTON -- Austin Jackson had no setbacks in Friday's rehab assignment for Triple-A Columbus, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run at Louisville.

Jackson is on the 10-day disabled list with a right big toe hyperextension; the center fielder was placed on the DL on May 2.

"When a guy is rehabbing his toe or leg, you don't change the time frame because a guy hits a home run," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "What's more important now is he gets his at-bats and he feels healthy. That's the big thing."

Beginning his rehab assignment Friday, Jackson got his planned three at-bats as the designated hitter. Jackson is scheduled to play again for Columbus on Sunday and Tuesday.

"Then we'll re-evaluate after that," Francona said.

A career .272 hitter in his eighth season in the Majors, Jackson is hitting .273 (9-for-33) in 12 games for Cleveland this season.

Jackson, who has also played in the Majors for the Tigers, Mariners, Cubs and White Sox, was signed by Cleveland to a free agent Minor League contract in January. The 30-year-old has appeared in 40 postseason games with the Tigers and Cubs, and he led the American League in triples with Detroit in 2011 (11) and 2012 (10).

In 2010, the right-handed-hitting Jackson was the American League Rookie of the Year runner-up to Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.