Jackson unlikely to come off DL when eligible

Jackson unlikely to come off DL when eligible

DETROIT -- Austin Jackson is back at Comerica Park with the Tigers beginning a homestand Thursday. It's looking less and less likely, though, that he'll be ready to return to action before the Tigers hit the road again next week.

What was originally hoped to be a minimal stint on the disabled list for Jackson and his pulled left hamstring now shows no signs of an impending end. Though manager Jim Leyland came away from a Thursday morning conversation with Jackson encouraged, Leyland said, "It didn't sound like he's home free just yet, so I can't give you any prediction."

Jackson is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday.

"He really has not done any physical activities," Leyland said. "So he's obviously going to have to do some of that before he gets back in there. But I want it right. I don't want him to come back at 85 percent and do it again."

Jackson has been receiving treatment for the past couple days, Leyland said, something he wasn't able to do earlier.

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