Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks has ended his rehab assignment at Single-A Lakeland due to low-back muscular inflammation, according to the Detroit Free Press Twitter account:
Dirks' rehab stopped because of low-back muscular inflammation from increased activity, club says.
— Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) July 16, 2014
Dirks underwent back surgery in early March to repair a torn disk, with the expected recovery time around 12 weeks. The Tigers were optimistic he could return after starting a 20-game rehab assignment last week, but this setback will keep Dirks out for an undisclosed period of time.
After a strong 2012 season, Dirks struggled with more playing time last season. In 297 games, Dirks has posted a career .276/.332/.413 line.
Detroit’s starting outfield is set, but it could have used Dirks for left-handed bench depth. J.D. Martinez has hit well off the bench filling in for Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter, while Don Kelly can play the infield as well as outfield, so it’s unclear who Dirks would replace if he were to return this season.
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