Jackson could be ready to join the major league club after just two more minor-league appearances, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Jackson has been sharp in a pair of short appearances for Norfolk, allowing just a run on three hits over 4.2 combined innings. The veteran needs to continue to stretch his arm out for a starting role, but considering the lack of depth in Baltimore's starting rotation, if he continues to show that kind of sharpness, he'll be an intriguing option for Buck Martinez going forward. Jackson hasn't been even a major-league average starting pitcher since the 2012 season with the Nationals, when he posted a 4.03 ERA with 168 strikeouts over 189.2 innings, but he very well might serve as an upgrade over Ubaldo Jimenez, who owns a 6.15 ERA through 33.2 innings this season.

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