Jackson leads off lineup against A's

Jackson leads off lineup against A's

DETROIT -- Austin Jackson hasn't played since July 10 and hasn't been in the starting lineup since July 7, but it appears his left wrist has improved enough, as he was in Tuesday's lineup against the Athletics.

His wrist was taped, something he said would likely happen for the rest of the season. He was in Friday's original lineup, but was scratched prior to the game. On Tuesday, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, including a big one-out hit to start a six-run rally in the fifth inning.

Jackson has been dealing with inflammation in his left wrist for about two weeks. He came out of the game in the third inning on July 7 and entered as a defensive replacement in two games afterward. His wrist still isn't 100 percent, but it is good enough to play, and more importantly, avoid the disabled list.

"It felt good yesterday when I came here on the off day and took some swings and did some treatment," Jackson said. "I'm in the lineup tonight so I'm going to [batting practice] and I think that's really where I'll get the best read. That's the only real way you can simulate a game taking full swings. Right now, it feels good."

The Tigers decided to give Jackson rest after the All-Star break, hoping the wrist would improve enough that he could avoid the DL. Over the break, Jackson saw a hand and wrist specialist in Houston and got an anti-inflammatory shot. He also is taking medication to keep the inflammation down.

"I think that was the main thing, that I still had inflammation in there, so that's the reason I wasn't feeling any better," Jackson said. "I think we'll continue to do treatment every day on it, the anti-inflammatory medicine, making sure it's good and loose before I do any activity, I definitely think that it helps."