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Detroit’s Jackson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers closes in on a ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the Cleveland Indians for a single in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Reynolds' single drove in Cleveland's Nick Swisher. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers closes in on a ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the Cleveland Indians for a single in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Reynolds’ single drove in Cleveland’s Nick Swisher. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson will join Triple-A Toledo on Monday for a rehab assignment as part of his recovery from a pulled left hamstring.

Jackson hasn’t played since May 11. Avisail Garcia has done a nice job filling in for him in center field, but the Tigers are eager for their leadoff hitter to return.

Jackson is hitting .272 with five stolen bases.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before Sunday’s game against Cleveland that it’s possible Jackson could join the major league club this week in a series at Minnesota.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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