CLEVELAND – Solidifying a consistent mix of outfielders has been an arduous task for the Indians this season.
Cleveland placed Austin Jackson (left quad strain) on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon, one day after Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain) and Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain) returned from injury. The Tribe recalled Shawn Armstrong for the fourth time in a corresponding move.
“The MRI revealed a mild strain,” said Chris Antonetti, the team’s president. “He’ll be out a few weeks. I think our best guess at this point before he’s back into major-league games is probably three-to-four weeks. He’ll be back on a rehab assignment sooner than that, hopefully.”
With Jackson on the mend, manager Terry Francona and bench coach Brad Mills will operate with a four-man rotation comprised of Brantley (LF), Guyer (RF), Bradley Zimmer (CF) and Lonnie Chisenhall (LF/CF).
Jackson will log his second stint on the disabled list after injuring his left leg on the base paths during Sunday’s contest against the Twins. His left knee surgery (June, 2016) and hyperextended left big toe (May, 2017) have forced him to miss five months of big league action over a two-year span.
The 30-year-old veteran batted .304/.383/.500 (.883 OPS) with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBIs in 37 games (102 at-bats) in 2017. His .333 (20-for-66) batting average against left-handed pitching made him an ideal fit for a platoon role alongside Zimmer in center field.
Armstrong rejoins the roster after posting a 5.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and .222 opposing batting average in 14.1 innings (11 appearances) of work.
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