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Detroit Tigers place Austin Jackson on DL, recall Avasail Garcia

05/13/2013 5:47 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Avasail Garcia hit .319 for the Tigers last season.(AP)
In a roster move involving two players Yankees fans are intimately acquainted with, the Detroit Tigers have placed center fielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury and called up outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.

Jackson sat out Detroit’s game on Sunday with the injury, with manager Jim Leyland saying that Jackson “can go, but it’s hard for him to really burn into that extra gear, so I'm just giving him a day off for precautionary reasons."

However, one day later, the team sent Jackson to the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday. He was hitting .272 with two home runs, 11 RBI, five steals, and an AL-leading 33 runs scored.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Garcia, who was ranked by MLB as one of baseball’s Top 100 prospects entering 2013, will come up for his second stint in the Majors. He was called up by Detroit on August 31 of last year after posting a .299-14-58 line between Class-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie and took over as the regular right fielder. Garcia hit .319 down the stretch and posted a .261 average during Detroit’s run to the World Series, going 4-for-15 with three RBI in their sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS.

Garcia started 2013 on the disabled list, and he hit a combined .426 with two homers and eight RBI between Lakeland and Toledo.

According to the Sports XChange, Garcia remained in the Minors despite his hot start due to the Tigers front office’s reluctance to promote him until he had the opportunity for consistent playing time; Don Kelly started Sunday’s game in center field for the Tigers in Jackson’s absence, but Garcia could take over there despite spending most of his career as a corner outfielder.

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