Indians Place Jackson on Disabled List, Recall Armstrong from Columbus

The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday afternoon that outfielder Austin Jackson had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left great toe hyperextension. Reliever Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to fill his spot on the 25-man roster.

Jackson was hurt in Monday night’s 7-1 loss in Detroit in the ninth inning. On a slow roller in the infield, Jackson hustled down the line and landed awkwardly on first base and was removed from the game for pinch-runner Abraham Almonte.

The 30-year-old outfielder and eighth year man had appeared in a dozen games for the Indians this season, hitting .273 in 38 plate appearances with four doubles, a homer, and two runs batted in.

It marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that Jackson has missed time with a disabled list trip. He missed a significant portion of last season with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee that required surgery. He appeared in just 54 games for the Chicago White Sox in his lone season with the club before signing with the Indians in the offseason on a minor league deal.

Without Jackson, the Indians outfield still consists of Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Brandon Guyer, and Almonte. Additionally, utility man Michael Martinez can field the position as well.

Armstrong was rewarded after his best outing of the season on April 13 with an option to Columbus the following day. He had pitched a team-high two and one-third innings of one-hit relief, walking a pair while striking out five in the game, but the Indians bullpen was depleted in the contest because starting pitcher Josh Tomlin lasted just one and two-thirds innings in the loss to the White Sox. Armstrong ate up innings as one of four relievers used that night; Martinez also helped save the bullpen, throwing a scoreless ninth in the defeat.

The improved outing and significant contribution by Armstrong came on the heels of being charged with five runs on five hits with two walks in an inning of mop-up work in Arizona on April 8.

On the season for Cleveland, Armstrong is 1-0 in four games with an 8.44 ERA. He has struck out seven and walked five in five and one-third innings.

Since his demotion to Triple-A, Armstrong has appeared in four games and, much like his time in Cleveland, his stat line is heavily affected by the results of one bad outing.

He earned a save in his first game back in the Clippers bullpen on April 18 and threw one and one-third innings of one-hit scoreless relief his next time out on April 22. He had a rough go in his third outing and was charged with three runs on two hits with a walk and a home run allowed.

He last appeared on April 28 against Charlotte, firing two innings of perfect relief with three strikeouts.

Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

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