Tigers OF Jones activated from IL

JaCoby Jones is back with the Tigers.

With Jones activated off the injured list Thursday, the Tigers designated outfielder Mikie Mahtook for assignment.

Mahtook, who began the season hitless in 23 at-bats, will be exposed to waivers. If Mahtook clears, he will be re-assigned to Toledo or given his outright release.

“(Mahtook) knew it when he sat down. He said ‘I get it, I’m not playing well,’” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “And after a good spring, a real good spring. He was scuffling at the plate, hitting a lot of balls into the air, which in this ballpark, is real tough.

“Defensively, in center field, he’s a corner guy more so than anything, so we put him in a spot, but he could play it out there and he did OK. A couple of boo-boos, but he did OK.

“It’s just one of those situations where the other guys, we’re comfortable with right now and he’s the one that was struggling the most. It’s unfortunate.”

Jones began the season on the sidelines after sustaining an A.C. joint sprain in the left shoulder late in spring training.

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Head coach Jon Gruden praised Richard on multiple occasions last season, at one point saying Richard “might be the MVP of our team” and comparing him to former Raiders and 49ers back Charlie Garner.

After signing free agent Isaiah Crowell last month, the Raiders’ running backs group includes Crowell, Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren III. Warren spent last season on injured reserve after leading the Raiders in rushing yards during the preseason. Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch, the team’s lead backs in 2018, are both unrestricted free agents. A native of Alexandria, La., Richard played four years at Southern Mississippi, appearing in 41 games with 29 starts. He totaled 2,082 rushing yards on 397 carries with 19 touchdowns and added 83 receptions for 675 yards with five touchdowns.

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