The two headed monster at the top of the Detroit Tigers line-up has been sidelined for a couple of weeks with the hamstring injury to center fielder Austin Jackson. Some have cried that the Tigers greatly need Jackson and that he should return at his earliest possible chance. Jim Leyland and the Tigers are being a lot more cautious than that however with the speedster’s injured hamstring. I have to say that I can’t agree with their lack of rushing Jackson more than I do now.
Obviously there are worse injuries that can happen to anyone in the game of baseball but for a speed guy that relies on that explosiveness out of the batter’s box and in the outfield trying to run down fly balls, hamstring trouble can be huge trouble. That is what the Tigers have with Jackson and they are trying to avoid losing him for a much longer time than a couple of weeks.
For his part, Jackson is on-board with the cautious stance as well and doesn’t want to push the leg too far too fast. If he misses a week more than he could have missed it wouldn’t be nearly as big a deal as missing two more months. Taking a look at the Tigers lineup and the guys they have trying to take Jackson’s place, I don’t think they need him bad enough to rush him back anyway. Even if it takes all the way until the second week of June or more that would still be much better than missing the season. Great move Tigers and Leyland.