The Cleveland Indians have activated OF Austin Jackson from the 10-day disabled list, filling the roster spot left by Lonnie Chisenhall when he went to the 7-day concussion DL.
Jackson was placed on the DL on May 2 after sustaining a left great toe injury while running the bases in Detroit.
He went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run in three rehab games at Triple-A Columbus, but his final rehab opportunity on Thursday was rained out.
With continually diminishing outfield resources, the team decided Jackson felt enough to be more than a warm body.
“He was going to play right field last night, just ‘cause he hasn’t done that for awhile. And the reason we got Crockett coming was because of the impending weather,” Francona said. “We didn’t want something to happen and be really in a tough spot. So once we got through and had the off day, we just got Austin here. Having a two-man bench is not a good way to go very long.
“It was good because not too many teams – I mean we had five DLed outfielders, that’s digging pretty deep.”
Jackson split .273/.368/.485 in 12 games before the injury.
Daniel Robertson will start in right field on Friday, allowing Jackson another day to get acclimated.
Corey Kluber’s rehab start in Columbus was rained out on Thursday. He will pitch Friday night for Akron.
The rain out will most likely push Kluber’s big league return back to either June 6th or 7th in Colorado.