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Jackson to begin rehab assignment Monday

Jackson to begin rehab assignment Monday

Jackson to begin rehab assignment Monday

DETROIT -- Return is finally in sight for Austin Jackson. First, however, he's going to take a Triple-A road trip.

The Tigers' center fielder will join Toledo on a rehab assignment beginning Monday. The Mud Hens just embarked on a nine-day road trip, so Jackson will have to hit the road to Rochester, N.Y.

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Jackson is expected to serve as the designated hitter on Monday before stepping up his outfield work on Tuesday. He'll take an off-day with the Hens on Wednesday before they begin a four-game series at Syracuse the next night.

If things go as hoped, Jackson won't be there for the end of the series.

"There's a possibility he could join us in Minnesota," manager Jim Leyland said, referring to the Tigers' series against the Twins next weekend.

Jackson has been shelved since May 12 with a pulled left hamstring. What was initially hoped to be a short stay on the 15-day disabled list became a four-week absence when lingering soreness prevented Jackson from accelerating pain-free to full speed.

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

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