DETROIT -- Austin Jackson had not yet dragged his aching body to Comerica Park for a status report Sunday when manager Jim Leyland filled out his lineup card without Jackson in it. Even if Jackson could play, Leyland figured a day game off after a night-game collision with Comerica Park's center-field wall made sense.
"I'm just real suspicious that he's going to be pretty sore," Leyland said, "so I'm going to give him a blow today. I don't think it's a matter that he can't play. I think it's a matter that his [neck] area was pretty sore last night. He hit kind of awkward, really."
Jackson said he couldn't throw and was struggling to turn to either side when he arrived at the park Sunday morning. He was feeling better after Sunday's 4-0 loss, but said he's day to day.
"Hopefully [Monday I can] get it loose and get that range of motion back in there," Jackson said.
Most of the discomfort was around his neck, he said. His shoulder was sore, but manageable.
With Jackson out, Don Kelly started in center field, while Andy Dirks batted leadoff.