Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jackson Back in Line-up Tonight

Austin Jackson, who was hit in the head by a Ramon Troncoso fastball on Saturday evening in Los Angeles, is back in the line-up tonight.  He had major swelling over his left eye when he woke up on Sunday morning, but that's pretty much gone now.  Additionally, tests have shown that he has no concussion so he is good to go after missing just one game.  That is all great news considering how scary it looked when he was first hit.  Hopefully, it won't affect him psychologically.

One important player who won't be in the line-up tonight or tomorrow is Miguel Cabrera.  Cabrera is going home to Florida where his wife is giving birth to their child.  Without him the line-up looks less than imposing:
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Kelly, 1B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Worth, 2B
There was some thought that the rehabbing Carlos Guillen might come back early and that he would be used at first base in this series.  However, he needs more time and they need him to settle in at second base.  So, Don Kelly is tonight's first baseman and Ryan Raburn will probably start against the left-handed Jason Vargas tomorrow.  To say that Cabrera for Kelly is not an even swap would be the understatement of the year.  Thus, they'll be counting on Justin Verlander to shutdown the weak hitting Mariners tonight. 

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