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Jackson progressing, cleared for physical activity

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DETROIT -- Austin Jackson said Thursday night he has been cleared for physical activity, which he just began as he tries to rehab his way back from a pulled left groin.

It was limited activity -- nothing baseball related -- but he got through it without any pain. He'll repeat that step this weekend before he hopes to progress to some limited baseball activity.

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Jackson would like to do some low-intensity baseball work earlier, such as throwing. However, he doesn't have a timetable yet for a return to the active roster.

The Tigers have been getting by at Jackson's leadoff spot just fine in his absence thanks to a combination of Andy Dirks and Omar Infante. Dirks was 13-for-41 with two doubles and two home runs from the top spot before his first-inning single Friday night. Infante's three-hit game Thursday improved him to 6-for-14 in three games from the leadoff spot.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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