The Diamondback released Jackson on Thursday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. Jackson joined the Diamondbacks in camp as a non-roster invitee prior to the COVID-19 outbreak but was likely facing an uphill battle to claim an Opening Day roster spot anyway. With active rosters potentially expanded for the upcoming season, Jackson could end up finding a home somewhere as a bullpen arm despite an uninspiring 2019 season.
Jackson joined the Diamondbacks as a non-roster invitee Monday, Evan Woodberry of MLive.com reports. The 36-year-old appears to face an uphill battle in his quest for an Opening Day roster spot. In 67.2 innings for the Blue Jays and Tigers last season, he struggled to a 9.58 ERA while striking out just 15.5 percent of opposing batters.
Jackson won't start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox due to weather. Jackson was slated to toe the rubber for the nightcap, but rain has postponed the matchup. The Tigers will play a straight doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday, putting them at 161 games for the season.
Jackson will pitch out of the bullpen going forward, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The Tigers have little reason to give any more starts to a 36-year-old with a 9.70 ERA on the season. Tyler Alexander will take his place in the rotation for the final two weeks, though the Tigers do have a doubleheader coming up on the final Friday of the season, which could potentially mean one more opportunity for Jackson.
Jackson (3-10) gave up five earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks over five innings as he took the loss Sunday afternoon to the Orioles. Jackson's struggles continued Sunday as he failed to eclipse the five-inning mark for the seventh consecutive outing. The right-hander has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last six starts and has not registered a quality outing since Aug. 9. His ERA has now ballooned to 9.70. He's scheduled to take the mound next against the White Sox on Saturday at home.
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