Jackson was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained left hamstring.
It's a tough break for Jackson since he was poised for increased playing time with Travis d'Arnaud landing on the 60-day IL with a thumb sprain. William Contreras was recalled from the alternate training site and is starting behind the plate Sunday, while the team also selected the contract of Jeff Mathis.
Jackson will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Sunday's first game against Arizona.
Jackson also started Friday and will be in the lineup for the second straight game after Saturday's contest was postponed due to rain. He'll head to the bench for the later matchup, with Travis d'Arnaud likely retaking the starting role.
Jackson got the start in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks, hitting eighth and going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
Contact issues are nothing new for Jackson, who has one hit and a 1:7 BB:K in only 16 plate appearances to begin the season. He'll continue to get infrequent work behind Travis d'Arnaud.
Jackson will open the season as Atlanta's backup catcher, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jackson beat out William Contreras for the role of Travis d'Arnaud's understudy. That may not actually indicate good things for Jackson's future, however, as Contreras will get to continue his development while playing regularly at the Triple-A level while Jackson plays infrequently in the big leagues. If d'Arnaud gets hurt at any point this season, there's no guarantee it will be Jackson and not Contreras who earns the majority of the starts in his absence.
Jackson heads into spring training with a chance to win the No. 2 catching job for Atlanta, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
At the moment, starter Travis d'Arnaud is the only catcher with significant experience on the roster, leaving prospects Jackson and William Contreras to fight for the backup spot. Jackson is two years older and has shown an impressive power stroke in the minors, launching 28 homers in 85 games for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019, but he's had significant issues making contact and has struck out in nine of his 22 career big-league PAs. Atlanta could still elect to bring in a veteran such as Tyler Flowers to fill out the depth chart, but barring an outside addition, Jackson might be the front-runner for the job, if only because Contreras is more likely to be a long-term piece for the team and could use more minor-league development.
Jackson was optioned to the alternate training site after Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Jackson joined the club as the 29th man for Wednesday's twin bill, but he didn't appear in either game. The 24-year-old is unlikely to see worthwhile opportunities with the Braves while Travis d'Arnaud and Tyler Flowers remain healthy.
The Braves recalled Jackson from their alternate training site Wednesday.
Atlanta optioned Jackson to its alternate training site Tuesday to clear a spot on the active roster for outfielder Ronald Acuna, but the backstop will be able to rejoin the Braves for the day as the team's 29th man for Wednesday's doubleheader with the Yankees. Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud are both expected to make one start at catcher apiece during the twin bill, so Jackson will likely just be serving as a pinch-hitting option off the bench.
Jackson was optioned to the Braves' alternate training site Tuesday.
Ronald Acuna was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Jackson's placement on the 40-man roster means he could be back in the majors later this summer, but he has four strikeouts in seven at-bats this year and lacks the defensive chops to get playing time when he is not producing at the dish.
Jackson was recalled from Atlanta's alternate training site Friday.
The 24-year-old is 2-for-7 in three games this season and will rejoin the major-league roster for the weekend matchup with Philadelphia. Jackson is likely to fill a reserve role while Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud remain healthy.
The Braves optioned Jackson to their alternate training site Thursday.
Jackson's latest stint with the Braves lasted all of one day, as his status as the team's No. 3 catcher made him an obvious choice for a demotion with teams needing to reduce their 30-man rosters to 28 ahead of Thursday's deadline. He'll likely move back up to the big club if either Tyler Flowers or Travis d'Arnaud is forced to miss time at any point.
The Braves recalled Jackson from their alternate training site Wednesday.
Both of the Braves' top catchers (Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud) are believed to be healthy, so expect Jackson to see limited action as a No. 3 backstop while he's up with the big club. Teams will have to reduce their active rosters from 30 to 28 men Friday, so Jackson will likely be a prime candidate to get optioned to the Braves' alternative training site at that time.
Jackson was optioned to the Braves' alternate training site Wednesday.
Jackson and William Contreras were needed for the first several games with both Travis d'Arnaud and Tyler Flowers out with illness, but both primary backstop options are now healthy and back with the team. Jackson went 2-for-7 during his brief time with the team but struck out four times.
Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.
His two-bagger off Yonny Chirinos in the third inning was his first big-league hit. Jackson has been holding down the fort as Atlanta's starting catcher to begin the season, but with Tyler Flowers (illness) and Travis d'Arnaud (illness) both potentially ready to rejoin the club as soon as Wednesday, the 24-year-old will soon head to the bench and perhaps lose his spot on the 30-man roster entirely.
Jackson will start in Saturday's contest against the Mets, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Jackson started in Friday's season opener with Travis d'Arnaud (illness) and Tyler Flowers (illness) both sidelined, and he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. However, manager Brian Snitker was impressed with the 24-year-old's defensive performance and said that he'll start once again Saturday. Jackson went hitless in four games with the Braves last season.
Jackson is expected to start at catcher Friday against the Mets since Travis d'Arnaud (illness) and Tyler Flowers (illness) didn't travel with the team, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Flowers and d'Arnaud both tested negative for COVID-19, but they remain in Atlanta since they're exhibiting symptoms. Jackson appeared in four games for the Braves last season and went hitless in 15 plate appearances, but he should edge out William Contreras for the start, since the latter has yet to play even at the Triple-A level. It's unclear when the two veteran catchers are expected to rejoin the team.
Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
While the move currently doesn't matter much with both the MLB and MiLB seasons suspended, it does confirm that Jackson will begin the regular season in the minors whenever play does resume. The 24-year-old did slug 28 homers in 85 games for Gwinnett last year, but his hit tool and defense behind the plate both remain a work in progress.
Jackson (knee) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring opener against the Orioles.
Jackson ended last season on the 60-day injured list because of his injury, but he has put that behind him and will start behind the plate in the Braves' first spring game.
Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and placed on the 60-day injured list with a left knee sprain Thursday.
With less than a month left in the season, this effectively ends Jackson's 2019 campaign. The backstop spent most of the season with Gwinnett, slashing .229/.313/.533 with 28 home runs and a 34.2 percent strikeout rate in 85 games. Darren O'Day (forearm) was activated from the 60-day IL in a corresponding move.
Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Jackson was optioned after the Braves signed Francisco Cervelli. He was just called up Wednesday, but he drew only one start in the three-game span. Jackson has yet to record a hit in 13 major-league at-bats.
Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain, and he is expected to miss a couple weeks. Tyler Flowers will serve as the primary catcher. Jackson has significant raw power (.286 ISO, 25 HR in 81 games at Triple-A), but he has not hit above .225 since he was at Double-A in 2017.
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