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Tigers place Austin Jackson on DL with pulled hamstring

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Austin Jackson won't be in the Detroit lineup for a time.
Austin Jackson won't be in the Detroit lineup for a time. USATSI

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The Tigers will be without a core contributor for a while, as center fielder Austin Jackson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled right hamstring. The move is retroactive to Sunday, May 12. To replace Jackson on the active roster, the Tigers have recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia.

Jackson, 26, is batting .272/.333/.371 with two homers and five stolen bases this season. One of the best defensive center fielders around, Jackson is coming off a 2012 season in which he put up a 129 OPS+ and led the AL with 10 triples.

As for Garcia, 21, he posted a .692 OPS in 51 plate appearances for the Tigers last season, and he's career .285/.319/.400 hitter across parts of six minor-league seasons. Coming into 2013, Baseball America ranked Garcia as the 74th-best prospect overall.

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