Mariners Game Recap: M’s Rally, but Come Up Short

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Apr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (16) hits during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Jackson Leaves Game with Ankle Injury

Austin Jackson rolled his right ankle in an ugly play at first base this afternoon in the top of the 3rd inning. AJ hit a bouncer to the right side and Roberto Hernandez was covering first base. It was a foot race to the base. Jackson lunged and landed awkwardly on the base. His right foot appeared to land on Hernandez’s foot, and AJ’s ankle rolled right off the base. He was able to stay on his feet, but his discomfort was obvious.

Jackson was forced to leave the game following the injury, and he was limping noticeably as he left the field. Hopefully there is no structural damage to the ankle. I expect AJ to be unavailable for the next couple games, and possibly require a trip to the disabled list. We should know more this evening.

The veteran center fielder has been productive hitting at the top of the Mariners’ lineup in 2015. AJ is currently hitting .242 on the season with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s. Jackson has posted a .300 on base percentage, and has scored 10 runs for Seattle while playing superb defense in center. Justin Ruggiano is likely to fill in for Jackson if he is forced to miss time.

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