Edwin Jackson is on the verge becoming one of baseball's greatest vagabonds.
The 34-year-old right-hander will be called up by the Oakland A's for a Monday start against the Tigers in Detroit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Most notable about the pending transaction is that Jackson would appear for a 13th major league club, tying the record set by former reliever Octavio Dotel.
Oakland needs an extra starter after playing a doubleheader Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The A's have five starting pitchers on the disabled list -- Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Andrew Triggs, Jharel Cotton and Daniel Gossett -- and Daniel Mengden exited his Saturday start due to a foot ailment.
Jackson signed a minor league deal with the A's on June 6 after opening the season with the Washington Nationals' Triple-A Syracuse affiliate. Between Syracuse and Oakland's Triple-A Nashville affiliate, Jackson is 4-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts this year.
Jackson went 5-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts) for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington last season. He exercised his June 1 opt-out clause after making 10 starts for Syracuse.
Since spending his first three seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jackson has also played for the Tampa Bay Rays (three seasons), Detroit Tigers (one), Arizona Diamondbacks (less than one), Chicago White Sox (one), St. Louis Cardinals (less than one), Washington (two part-year stints), Chicago Cubs (two-plus), Atlanta Braves (less than one), Miami Marlins (less than one), San Diego Padres (less than one) and Baltimore (less than one).
The Germany native made his lone All-Star appearance with Detroit in 2009, when he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA. Jackson threw a no-hitter for the D-backs in 2010.
For his 15-season career, Jackson is 98-120 with a 4.67 ERA in 377 games (288 starts).
--Field Level Media