Abdominal strain keeps Jackson out of lineup

Abdominal strain keeps Jackson out of lineup

Abdominal strain keeps Jackson out of lineup
DETROIT -- Austin Jackson's abdominal strain remains a day-to-day situation, the outfielder said Thursday morning. Thursday, however, was not a day for his return.

Jackson said after Thursday's loss to the Twins that the injury felt about the same as it did when he first suffered it Wednesday. He had it wrapped for treatment before the game and was moving around the clubhouse, but he sounded unlikely to be available at all against the Twins.

"It's pretty much still day-to-day," Jackson said after the game. "We're going to see how it feels tomorrow and kind of go from there. I really didn't expect it to feel any different today, just because it happened last night. Getting up early, it was a little stiff. That's pretty much what I expected. ...

"I think it's just going to take a few days to really get a good idea of how it feels, start moving around and twisting and bending, things like that."

Whether that rules out this weekend's series against the Pirates, Jackson said, he wasn't sure.

"It just depends on how it feels when I come in each and every day," Jackson said.

If the Tigers can get Jackson back for this weekend's series against the Pirates, they'd likely be overjoyed. In the meantime, though, his injury -- combined with Wednesday night's roster move to add Brayan Villarreal as an extra reliever -- left the Tigers with just two players available off the bench.

One of those bench players is backup catcher Gerald Laird. The other reserve available Thursday was utility infielder Ramon Santiago, who pinch-hit for Don Kelly, Jackson's fill-in at leadoff and center field.

"I don't know how long we'll play without Jackson," manager Jim Leyland said Thursday morning. "I don't foresee it being a long time, but you never know."