When Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson left the game after the fourth inning, it was a bit of a scary moment. He grimaced as he swung the bat and ran to first base for the final out. Assisted by Tigers trainer Kevin Rand, he was replaced by Don Kelly between innings.
Naturally when you see the replay of the injury, you start to worry about the oblique. It's the kind of injury that seems mysterious and lingers for far too long. Jackson described the problem as being an abdominal strain when speaking to the media during the Fox Sports Detroit post game.
"I kind of felt it pull a little bit," Jackson said. "It was just a sharp pain. That's pretty much it.
"I had a doctor look at it. He diagnosed an abdominal strain and a day-to-day thing. Hopefully it won't be anything where I have to go on the disabled list. We'll go day-to-day and get necessary treatment ... and see how it feels after that."
Jackson said he had a similar injury in 2011, but probably not as serious. He wasn't real sure about what the treatment would be for the injury.
Meanwhile the Tigers obviously lose a key member of the outfield defense, and the table setter on offense. Jackson has been one of the top players on the team all season, so it would no doubt be a tough loss to absorb.
"It's unfortunate," Jackson said, "But things like that happen all the time. (I will) just do what we have to do to get back out there."
Tuesday, Jose Valverde left his game against the White Sox with back pain. He is also called "day-to-day."