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Top Luke Jackson News

  • Giants' Luke Jackson: Throwing bullpen sessions

    Jackson (elbow) threw his third bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, Evan Webeck of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Jackson is almost 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery and seems to be trending well in his recovery. As long as there are no setbacks along the way, the 31-year-old right-hander should be an option for the Giants' bullpen around late May or early June. He inked a two-year, $11.5 million deal with San Francisco in January.

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  • Giants' Luke Jackson: Joins San Fran on two-year pact

    Jackson (elbow) signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Giants on Monday.

    Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson will take home $9.5 million between the first two years of his contract, which also includes a $7 million club option or $2 million buyout for the 2025 season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery this past April, Jackson will be a candidate to open the upcoming season on the 60-day injured list, but he should be at close to full health by around the All-Star break, if not sooner. The 31-year-old handled a pivotal role out of the bullpen for Atlanta's World Series-winning club in 2021, turning in a 1.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 70:29 K:BB across 63.2 frames while notching a career-high 31 holds.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Throwing again

    Jackson (elbow) revealed Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he resumed throwing for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery April 13.

    Jackson will likely be limited to playing catch while gradually extending his throwing distance off flat ground, but he could be ready to resume mound work at some point later this winter. He'll still face restrictions at the start of spring training, but he could avoid a stint on the 60-day injured list to begin the 2023 campaign if his team confident he's far enough along in his recovery to return at some point in the first two months of the season. Jackson will first look to secure a contract with Atlanta or another squad, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Loses arbitration case

    Jackson (elbow) will receive a $3.6 million contract for 2022 after losing his arbitration case with Atlanta on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Jackson suffered a torn UCL late in spring training and underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-April. The right-hander will miss the entire 2022 season and should also be unavailable early in 2023.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Gets Tommy John surgery

    Atlanta announced Wednesday that Jackson underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.

    Tommy John surgery always appeared to be the likely outcome for Jackson after an MRI earlier this month revealed that he was dealing with UCL damage in his right elbow. Now that the procedure has been completed, Jackson will be sidelined for the entire 2022 season, and his recovery will likely extend into the early portion of the 2023 campaign as well.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Lands on 60-day IL with torn UCL

    Jackson (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday with a torn UCL.

    Atlanta reported Saturday that an MRI showed damage to Jackson's UCL, but the extent of that damage was previously unclear. The right-hander may require Tommy John surgery, which would likely sideline him until the summer of 2023.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Dealing with UCL damage

    Jackson (forearm) recently underwent an MRI that revealed damage to his UCL.

    Jackson dealt with forearm tightness this week and was initially labeled as day-to-day, but it appears as though he'll be forced to miss significant time. UCL damage can often lead to Tommy John surgery, and the right-hander is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation process to determine his recovery process. It's possible that he'll be unavailable for most or all of the 2022 campaign following his diagnosis.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Uncertain for Opening Day

    Jackson (forearm) completed a 10-pitch bullpen session Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    The side session marks a step forward for Jackson after he missed a week of workouts at the start of camp due to forearm tightness, but manager Brian Snitker is still characterizing the right-hander as "day-to-day" as Opening Day nears. Atlanta hasn't yet ruled Jackson out from avoiding a trip to the injured list to begin the season, but he'll presumably need to advance to facing hitters within the next few days to have a shot at breaking camp as a member of the big club's bullpen.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Dealing with forearm tightness

    Jackson is day-to-day with forearm tightness, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Forearm tightness can sometimes be the first sign of a very serious injury, though the fact that Jackson is merely considered day-to-day may suggest that this isn't one of those cases. While he's resumed throwing, the issue has so far prevented him from pitching in a Grapefruit League game, so it's possible he'll be forced to open the season on the injured list even if his forearm tightness proves to be relatively minor.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Back with Atlanta

    Atlanta activated Jackson from the paternity list Sunday.

    Jackson rejoins Atlanta's bullpen after going on paternity leave Thursday. The righty has impressed with a 1.50 ERA and 18:5 K:BB in his last 12 innings and could potentially pitch in some save situations if closer Will Smith continues to struggle.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Goes on paternity list

    Atlanta placed Jackson on the paternity list Thursday.

    The team will replace Jackson in the bullpen with Chris Martin (elbow), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Jackson will be away from Atlanta for 1-to-3 days to spend time with his newborn child, and he should rejoin the team at some point during its 10-game West Coast road trip that kicks off Friday.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Captures second win

    Jackson (2-2) struck out three in 1.1 perfect innings to earn the win Tuesday versus Washington.

    The right-hander was able to limit the damage after Tyler Matzek allowed Washington to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning. Jackson then became the pitcher of record as Atlanta retook the lead on an Ozzie Albies home run. Through 14.2 innings since the start of August, Jackson has given up two runs on nine hits and six walks while striking out 21. He's been excellent with a 2.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 59:25 K:BB through 52.2 innings overall while adding 24 holds as a setup man to closer Will Smith.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Strong campaign continues

    Jackson gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning during Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    The right-hander has rebounded in strong fashion from an awful 2020 season. Through 41 appearances and 35 innings this year, Jackson has posted a 2.06 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 36:16 K:BB with a win and 12 holds. He's not likely to work his way back into the closer mix, but the 29-year-old has become a reliable setup man in front of Will Smith.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Nabs sixth hold

    Jackson gave up a hit and struck out one without allowing an earned run in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, recording his sixth hold of the season in a win over the Marlins.

    He did allow two inherited runners to score after entering the game with two on and one out in the seventh inning, but they went on A.J. Minter's ledger. Jackson extended his scoreless streak to 12 appearances and 10.1 innings with the effort, and on the year he boasts a 1.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 22:11 K:BB over 24.1 frames.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Stuck with loss Wednesday

    Jackson (1-1) took the loss Wednesday, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one in the seventh inning as Atlanta fell 4-1 to the Blue Jays.

    Entering the game with the score tied 1-1, Jackson's first pitch was launched over the center-field fence by Teoscar Hernandez. The right-hander has a strong 1.93 ERA through 14 innings to begin the season, but his 12:8 K:BB indicates he's been more lucky than good.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Picks up second hold

    Jackson gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning Friday but still recorded his second hold of the season in a win over the Diamondbacks.

    Entering the game to protect a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, Jackson put the first two runners aboard but would have escaped without any damage if the Atlanta defense had been able to turn a double play on an Eduardo Escobar grounder to Freddie Freeman. Instead it went as a fielder's choice, and Jackson got the hook after a Josh Rojas double. The run was the first the right-hander has given up this season, and he sports a 1.29 ERA through seven innings, albeit with a less appealing 6:7 K:BB.

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  • Braves' Luke Jackson: Ticketed for middle relief

    Jackson appears set to begin the season in the Atlanta bullpen, Mark Bowman of reports.

    The right-hander has 18 saves and nine holds in 2019, but he was out of the high-leverage mix last year and likely won't regain a prominent spot in 2021. Jackson posted a solid 3.52 ERA and 7:3 K:BB over 7.2 innings this spring and should work primarily in middle relief.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Age: 31
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R