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16 Austin Jackson CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/203 | Birthdate: 2/1/1987 | Birthplace: Denton, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 36/3 | Average Draft Position: 237.67
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Mariners' Austin Jackson goes 3 for 5 in seventh rehab game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson went 3 for 5 with a double in his seventh rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

Jackson, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an ankle sprain, is now hitting .310 (9 for 29) on his rehab assignment and may be closer to a return. Jackson has been out of action since May 3 when he rolled his ankle. Jackson is hitting .242 with four RBI in 95 at-bats for Seattle this season.


Austin Jackson's struggles in minors delaying return to Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson played in his sixth rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. He went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Jackson is batting .250 (6 for 24) with four walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, however, gave no indication Saturday of a specific date for Jackson's return.

“The ankle is feeling good, but the bat isn’t,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “As of right now, it’s still open.”


Mariners OF Austin Jackson dealing with swelling in ankle


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) After playing nine innings in a rehab assignment game Tuesday, Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson was experiencing swelling in his injured ankle Wednesday, reports the Seattle Times.

Jackson has not played since May 3 because of a right ankle sprain. He is expected to play at least two more rehab games before being called back to the Mariners.


Mariners OF Austin Jackson still a few days away from return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson is eligible for return from the disabled list as of Tuesday, but will need a few more days, manager Lloyd McClendon said per MLB.com.

Jackson, who has been out with a right ankle sprain since May 3, went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game with Triple-A on Tuesday. 

"Obviously, he's getting closer," McClendon said. "It's close. I'm not sure what day he's coming back, but he's feeling better. I'd still like to see him swing the bat a little bit better and then we'll go from there. ... The ankle is fine. He just has to play and get his timing back."

He expects Jackson to need at least two more games in rehab before he returns. He is hitting .242 with four RBI in 25 games.


Mariners' Austin Jackson gets two hits in first injury rehab game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson began an injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. 

Jackson is on the disabled list with an ankle injury. He led off for Tacoma and played designated hitter. 

Jackson went 2 for 4 in his first rehab game, with a pair of singles and a strikeout. 

"He's got probably a little bit more to do," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's been out over two weeks. As much as we'd like to have him back, we need to be cautious with it."


Mariners CF Austin Jackson starting rehab stint Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is set to begin his rehab stint Saturday night for Triple-A Tacoma, per the Tacoma News Tribune. He will serve as the designated hitter.

Jackson has been sidelined for two weeks with a sprained ankle. He was hitless in five of his last seven starts before going down.


Mariners' McClendon: Austin Jackson not ready for rehab stint


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Wednesday that center fielder Austin Jackson is not yet ready to begin a rehab assignment as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle, MLB.com reports.

Jackson ran Tuesday to test his ankle.

"Just so-so," McClendon said of Tuesday's workout. "It wasn't great. The running part was a tick below average. It was his first time out with cleats on, running the bases. So you expect it to be a little stiff. He actually swung the bat OK."

McClendon is hopeful that the outfielder will be ready to join Triple-A Tacoma this weekend.

"That's our hope," he said. "We'll see how he progresses over the next few days."

Jackson has hit .242/.294/.326 with two home runs, four RBI and five stolen bases in 95 at-bats.


Mariners' McClendon: Austin Jackson could start rehab soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said there's a chance that center fielder Austin Jackson "could be going out on a rehab [assignment] soon," according to the Tacoma News Tribune on Tuesday.

Jackson sprained his right ankle on May 3 before landing on the disabled list the following day. He is hitting .242 with two home runs in 95 at-bats this season.


Mariners CF Austin Jackson (ankle) progressing well, could be back soon


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (ankle) could return to the lineup almost right away when he's stint on the disable list is up, reports MLB.com.

Jackson, who sprained his right ankle in Sunday's loss in Houston, could soon be getting some rehab at-bats in the minors.

"It got remarkably better," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "The swelling went down quite a bit. There's still a little stiffness and some soreness. It was the right thing to do to DL him. We don't want this thing to linger. He's coming along just fine."

Mariners place outfielder Austin Jackson on DL with ankle injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Mariners have placed outfielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain, the team announced Monday.

Jackson rolled his ankle in Sunday's game while trying to reach first base and was forced to leave. Jackson said after the game he didn't believe the injury was too serious. He is hitting .242 with two home runs in 95 at-bats this season.


Mariners' Austin Jackson leaves game after rolling ankle


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson left Sunday's game after rolling his ankle on a play at first base. 

Jackson was trying to beat out an infield grounder in the top of the third and stepped on the foot of pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who was covering first. 

Jackson was called out, and he was replaced when the Mariners' defense took the field in the bottom of the third. 

The team announced that Jackson suffered a sprained right ankle and would be re-evaluated on Monday. Jackson said afterward that he didn't think the injury was too serious and would not have to go on the DL. 


Mariners OF Austin Jackson gets 3 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson recorded three hits in Thursday evening's 3-2 loss to the Astros in 10 innings. 

All three of Jackson's hits were singles. He scored a run and is now hitting .250/.283/.320. Jackson stole two bases and was caught stealing once. This snapped a four-game hitless streak for Jackson. 


Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson returns to the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, with Justin Ruggiano shifting to right field and Seth Smith heading to the bench, according to MLB.com.

Jackson got just his second day off of the season Monday with Ruggiano filling in at center. Jackson is hitting .253 in 75 at-bats this season. 

Logan Morrison also returns to the lineup at first base with Willie Bloomquist heading to the bench. Morrison is hitting just .159 so far this season.


Mariners' Jackson, Ackley, Morrison not in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley are not in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Rangers.

The Mariners are slotting Justin Ruggiano in the leadoff slot and starting him in center field. It's the 19th time he's acted as his team's leadoff hitter, and he's posted a .177/.261/.380 line with four home runs and four stolen bases in 79 at-bats while in the No. 1 slot.

Rickie Weeks is getting the start in left field and batting sixth Monday, while Willie Bloomquist is playing first base and batting eighth.

The game is a dead heat in Las Vegas, with both teams having the same odds (-105).


Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson rips second home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson went 2 for 5 at the plate in Seattle's 8-5 win over the Twins Saturday.

Jackson found success in the fifth inning when he doubled to left field off of Tim Stauffer, but was left stranded after Seth Smith flied out to end the inning. Then, Jackson ripped an 0-1 pitch off Aaron Thompson over the left center field wall for a two-run home run.

Jackson is now hitting .275 with four RBI in 69 at-bats this season.


Mariners transpose Ackley, Jackson in batting order Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Mariners have flip-flopped the first two hitters in their lineup for the Tuesday night game against visiting Houston. Dustin Ackley is set to lead off for just the second time this season with Austin Jackson batting second.

Perhaps the shakeup will benefit Ackley, who has slowed down following a quick start. He is 2-for-18 after beginning the season on a five-game hitting streak.


Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson cracks first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson went 3 for 5 at the plate with a home run and two RBI in Seattle's 11-10 win over the Rangers Sunday.

Jackson got going early, taking a 1-2 pitch from Ross Detwiler over the left center field wall to lead things off in the first inning, his first home run of the season.

Then, in the ninth, Jackson singled to left field, bringing home the game-tying run before Nelson Cruz won it later in the inning. Jackson, who picked up his first two RBI of the year, is now hitting .277 in 47 at-bats this season.


Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson will get the day off Monday, as Seattle will move Dustin Ackley to center and bat him lead off, the team announced.

Jackson started the first six games of the season in center for Seattle and hit .231 with a double in 28 plate appearances. Ackley is hitting .235 with 12 home runs in 484 plate appearances while batting lead off in his career.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-123) over the Mariners Monday.


Mariners' Austin Jackson knows importance of lead-off role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson knows how important it is for him to reach base in the lead-off role, reports MLB.com.

"The main focus for me at the top of the order obviously is to get on base for those guys," said the 28-year-old. "You have guys capable of changing the game with one swing, so anything I can do to get on base is just going to be a plus."

Jackson hit .256 last season with 47 RBI and 20 stolen bases in stints between Seattle and Detroit.

"It's just about being comfortable and really just being fearless with it. That's the mindset," said Jackson. "You can't worry about getting thrown out or anything that's going to cause you to not get the best jump. It's them putting it in my head that if you think you can get it, try. You're never going to steal a base if you don't try."


Mariners experimenting with Rickie Weeks in leadoff spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Mariners outfielder Rickie Weeks is leading off for the team Wednesday, with regular leadoff man Austin Jackson sliding to the No. 2 spot, and manager Lloyd McClendon could use Weeks atop the lineup at times this season, MLB.com reports.

"I like Rickie as a leadoff hitter, too," McClendon said Wednesday. "Austin led off yesterday, Rickie is leading off today. I’m just playing with things. That’s all."

McClendon indicated that both players have different strengths that could be a fit atop the lineup.

"Every player is different. They all have their strengths and weaknesses," McClendon said. "Rickie has close to 3,000 at-bats in the leadoff spot and 100 home runs. There’s a lot to like about him there. Austin is a speed guy that hits a lot of triples and doubles. They both bring a lot to the table."

Weeks is expected to split time in left field with Dustin Ackley this season.


Mariners' McClendon: Fewer games for Austin Jackson in 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Don't expect for Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson to play 154 games in 2015. 

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is hoping to keep Jackson fresh for the entire season and doesn't want to burn him out. After only sitting out eight games a year ago with both the Tigers and the Mariners, McClendon is expecting for Jackson to play in fewer games during the upcoming season. 

"He played 154 games last year; that's too many for a center fielder with his frame," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It wears you down. We're going to do our best to knock that number down a bit."

In his five-year career, Jackson has hit .274. Jackson played 100 games for the Tigers in 2014 before being dealt to the Mariners, in the middle of a game against the White Sox, just before the MLB trade deadline. 


Mariners to give Austin Jackson regular rest in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects to rest outfielder Austin Jackson "at least once a week" during the 2015 season, MLB.com reports.

The Mariners started Jackson in every game in August and September after being acquired in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, and he hit just .229/.267/.260 in 223 at-bats with his new team after posting a .730 OPS with the Tigers before the trade.

"He didn't play as well as he could have when he came over from an offensive standpoint, but I think he won a lot of games with his defense," McClendon said. "He's a better player from the offensive side of the ball than he showed in September. We probably played him a little bit more than we should have down the stretch, because I just had so much confidence in his defense. I think he's the type of player that probably needs a game off to stay strong throughout the year. You look at his frame and he's such a greyhound. The grind can get to him a little at times. So I would suspect that we'd rest him at least once a week."

Jackson's struggles with the Mariners led to the worst offensive numbers of his career. He believes making adjustmets to his approach at Safeco Field will boost his production at the plate.

"Any field you play on, you've got to make adjustments with how you're hitting," Jackson said. "The best thing there is trying to stay out of the air. A lot of balls get run down. You want to hit line drives and put it on the ground as much as possible."

Already a valuable asset for his defense, Jackson has hit .274/.336/.402 during his five-year career.


Mariners' Austin Jackson looking to bounce back in 2015


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.

"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.

By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.

"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.


Report: Mariners, Austin Jackson agree to $7.7-million deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners have avoided arbitration with outfielder Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.7 million, the Seattle Times reports.

The team was able to avoid arbitration with five players in all Friday by agreeing to the terms of one-year contracts for each player. First basman Logan Morrison is scheduled to make $2.725 million with incentives for reaching 500 and 600 plate appearances. Outfielder Dustin Ackley will take in $2.6 million as well as another $50,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, will make $2.5 million and can earn another $20,000 if he reaches 375 plate appearances. Pitcher Charlie Furbush will earn $1.3 million.


Mariners avoid arbitration with five players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners reached agreements with five players Friday, avoiding arbitration with reliever Charlie Furbush, first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano, according to The New Tribune.