The hard-nosed effort on a groundball to the left side yielded both good and bad news for Austin Jackson in Monday's series-opener at Comerica Park.
Although Jackson hustled out an infield single to elevate his slash line to .273/.368/.485, he landed awkwardly and suffered a hyperextended left big toe to place him on the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game.
In a corresponding move, Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to join the Tribe's first eight-man bullpen of the season.
With Jackson out of the early-March equation, manager Terry Francona will likely employ a center field platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer while Abraham Almonte takes on an everyday role in right field and Michael Brantley retains his positioning in left field.
Jackson will be making his fifth stint on the DL after recovering from a medial meniscus tear in his left knee on June 16, 2016 with the White Sox. Fortunately for the Indians, the season-ending injury was not affected as Jackson gingerly walked off the field with the assistance of medical personnel.
The 30-year-old has contributed three runs, four doubles, one home run, and two RBIs with Cleveland, the fifth team he has played for since making his debut with Jim Leyland and the Tigers in 2010.
Armstrong joins the relief unit after registering an 8.44 ERA and 2.06 WHIP with five walks and seven strikeouts through 5.1 innings of work (four appearances). The 26-year-old struck out eight of the 22 batters he faced while holding the opposition to a .158 batting average since joining the Clippers on April 14.