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Austin Jackson | Outfielder | #26

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Jackson's double off Patrick Corbin ended up serving as the Indians' only extra-base hit on the afternoon. His fantasy value is relatively capped due to his lack of expected at-bats, but he does hold a little intrigue for DFS as a platoon bat against southpaws until Lonnie Chisenhall (shoulder) is ready to return. Apr 9 - 8:05 PM

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Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in his first start of the season Tuesday at Texas.

Jackson had a good spring and made the club, but he'll have to keep contributing if he wants to stick around once Lonnie Chisenhall (shoulder) is ready to roll. He is likely to play frequently against southpaws, so keep him in mind as a low-cost alternative for DFS play.
Apr 4 - 11:58 PM

Austin Jackson has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.

It was always likely provided that he showed he was healthy following knee surgery last year. Jackson has made the decision easy by going 9-for-24 with a home run during Cactus League play. The veteran outfielder should play regularly against lefties and might see even more time than that depending on the statuses of Michael Brantley (shoulder) and Lonnie Chisenhall (shoulder).
Mar 26 - 12:39 PM

Austin Jackson continued his hot hitting on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Indians fell to the Reds in Cactus League play.

Jackson got off to a late start this spring while recovering from knee surgery, but is now hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a homer and five RBI in Cactus League action. If he continues at this rate, he'll make the Opening Day roster as as reserve outfielder.
Mar 18 - 12:40 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored to lead the Indians to a 6-5 victory over the Athletics on Thursday.

He stroked RBI doubles in the first and fourth innings. He is trying to earn a job as a back-up outfielder in Cleveland. He batted .254/.318/.343 with no home runs in 203 plate appearances with the White Sox last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury in early June.
Mar 16 - 8:22 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed Sunday that Austin Jackson (knee) has been cleared to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

The club has proceeded cautiously with him this spring as he recovers from surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee. With a strong showing in the spring, he could break camp with the big league club.
Mar 5 - 7:31 PM

Austin Jackson (knee) could make his Cactus League debut as soon as Wednesday.

Jackson is being brought along slowly this spring after surgery last June to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee. The veteran outfielder could win a platoon role with the Indians if he can show well this spring.
Mar 5 - 1:09 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that the team would take things cautiously with Austin Jackson (knee) early in spring training.

The Indians will ease Jackson along through the first 10-14 days of spring training before reevaluating his progress. The 30-year-old outfielder underwent season-ending surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee last June. He hit .254/.318/.343 with 12 doubles and 18 RBI in 181 at-bats during his injury-shortened 2016 campaign. The Indians inked him to a minor league contract with a spring training invite near the end of January.
Feb 15 - 8:56 PM

Indians signed OF Austin Jackson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

This confirms reports from ESPN's Buster Olney and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The deal carries a $1.5 million base salary if Jackson makes the team and additional incentives worth $4 million. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has the ability to opt-out of his contract at the end of spring training, but it's very likely that he carves out a part-time role in center field alongside the left-handed hitting Tyler Naquin. It's worth a shot, even coming off a couple of rough seasons.
Jan 25 - 3:38 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are closing in on a deal with free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that it's expected to be a minor league deal. The move would give the Indians a right-handed hitting alternative for center field. Jackson hit just .254/.318/.343 in 54 games with the White Sox last season before undergoing surgery in June to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee. He was unable to make it back by the end of the year, but he's capable of being a useful part-timer if healthy.
Jan 25 - 3:15 PM

The White Sox have ruled Austin Jackson (knee) out for the season.

Jackson was always a long shot to return after undergoing knee surgery in June. He'll close out his 2016 campaign with a .254 average and no homers over 54 appearances. Jackson will hit free agency this winter and has probably played his final game for the White Sox.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 08:44:00 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Austin Jackson (knee) is still several weeks away from a potential return.

The veteran outfielder underwent surgery in early June to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee. It's a long and slow recovery process, so expecting him to return and make any sort of fantasy impact before the end of August looks to be a longshot.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 07:08:00 PM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday that Austin Jackson (knee) will begin non-impact activity soon.

Hahn also cautioned that it's going to be a "slow return." Jackson underwent surgery in early June to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. There were rumors earlier this month about the White Sox potentially trading for a center fielder to help this year, but they are no longer looking for short-term additions.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 05:41:00 PM

The White Sox still don't have a definitive timeline on Austin Jackson's return from right knee surgery.

Jackson underwent surgery about a month ago and could go for a follow-up MRI in the next 48 hours. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that the White Sox were "checking into possible trades" for a center fielder and they could ramp up those efforts depending on what they hear in the next couple of days.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 06:31:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are "checking into possible trades" for a center fielder.

The search is based on the uncertainty surrounding Austin Jackson, who had right knee surgery about a month ago. The original timetable called for him to miss a minimum of six weeks, and we're basically at the five-week mark now. Jackson, 29, was batting just .254/.318/.343 in 203 plate appearances before tearing his right medial meniscus. They might want an upgrade even if they get good news.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 12:53:00 PM

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C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Austin Jackson
RF1Abraham Almonte
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
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S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Nick Goody