Jackson could be back Tuesday

As I wrote on the site today, Austin Jackson’s left eye was almost completely swollen shut this morning, putting serious question into how many days he’ll be out of action. After Sunday’s win, however, Leyland said head athletic trainer Kevin Rand was optimistic they could get him ready for Tuesday’s series opener at Seattle.

“Kevin seems to
think he’ll be ready Tuesday,” Leyland said. “He thinks if you really work at
it, it’ll be fine by Tuesday. But I’ll take all precautionary

That would be a huge gain for Leyland, who already has to figure out how to get through the Seattle series without cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera. Add Jackson back at the top of the lineup, and you can potentially move Johnny Damon down towards the middle of the order if Leyland doesn’t want to bat Boesch cleanup. Ramon Santiago could stick in the second spot for a couple days.

At the very least, it helps give Leyland options, not to mention his center fielder back.

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