NEW YORK -- Austin Jackson has grown increasingly optimistic about his recovery.
Were he not to be, the White Sox likely would already have placed him on the disabled list.
But the center fielder has made enough early progress to think he wouldn’t need an extended period to rebound from turf toe. While Jackson won’t play on Wednesday, there’s still hope he can return to action by the time the White Sox open a three-game series in Detroit on Friday evening.
“I never had it before,” Jackson said. “It was all new to me. I really didn’t know what to expect or how it was going to recover. But these past few days just doing treatment on it, I’m able to put a little more pressure on it each day so that’s a good sign.”
Jackson suffered the injury tracking down a fly ball in the gap in the seventh inning Sunday. Jackson returned to the field in the eighth but the pain was enough to exit midway through the inning. He said he knew at that point he’d be more of a hindrance to the team’s chances of winning than a help.
“It’s weird,” Jackson said. “Something happens like that, you’ve never had it, you don’t really know what it is.
“You don’t want to be out there trying to play through something when everybody is out there battling trying to win and you don’t want to hurt the team by playing through an injury.”
Jackson is 13 for his last 28 at the plate. He also is one reason the team’s defense has greatly improved this season. As long as he’s only out for a few days, White Sox manager Robin Ventura wants to avoid a DL stint. But if the pain continues, Ventura may have a change of heart.
“Hopefully we can get him for the weekend,” Ventura said. “If he’s not ready by then you’re playing one short and it becomes a little bit different. But I would think he’d be ready by the weekend the way he was talking (Tuesday).”