CLEVELAND -- Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid might not be the only thing the Tigers lost on Carlos Santana's seventh-inning triple Saturday. If Austin Jackson misses more than Sunday's game, it would be a far bigger deal for Detroit.
Jackson was originally in the Tigers' starting lineup for their series finale against the Indians, but was scratched with what the team called a sore left ankle. He's listed as day-to-day. Quintin Berry, who was already in the lineup in left field, replaced him in center and at leadoff, while Andy Dirks batted second and started in left.
Jackson jammed his left leg crashing into the center-field fence trying to make a leaping catch on Santana's drive. He stayed in the game, though he seemed to be running awkwardly on a fly ball later, and said after the win that he was fine.
"Yeah, I guess just the impact of it was what I was feeling afterwards," Jackson said Saturday.
Before Sunday's game, however, Jackson still seemed to be walking around the clubhouse with a limp. Manager Jim Leyland noticed it as he walked by him, and immediately went into the training room to get more information.
Jackson was not on the field for optional pregame batting practice.
Any number of games without Jackson in center field and leading off is a major loss for the Tigers. Between his defense and offense, his 5.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) according to FanGraphs.com ranks second only to Miguel Cabrera on the team, and fifth among all American League players. He's a strong candidate for a Gold Glove award, and he carries a .305 batting average with an AL-best 10 triples, 14 home runs, 59 RBIs and an .872 OPS.
Detroit is 69-50 in games Jackson starts, and 8-17 without him entering Sunday.