Austin Jackson headed to disabled list with abdominal strain

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The Tigers have been without their starting center fielder for a little over a week and now his absence will stretch into June.

According to James Schmel of, Austin Jackson is headed to the disabled list with an abdominal strain. He hasn’t played since leaving a game last Wednesday, but the Tigers held off on making a roster move in hopes that he would make a quick recovery. However, any chance of that effectively went down the drain after he was shut down during a batting practice session on Tuesday.

Jackson’s stint on the disabled list will be backdated to May 17, so he’ll be eligible to return as soon as June 1, but we’ll know more about his status once he undergoes further testing tomorrow in Detroit. Quinton Berry and Don Kelly will handle center field duties until he is ready to return.

Jackson has shown significant signs of improvement this season, batting .331/.414/.544 with five homers, 17 RBI, six stolen bases and a .958 OPS in 36 games while cutting down on his strikeouts and drawing more walks.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.