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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Eugenio Suarez, Nick Castellanos, Andy Dirks

By on 7/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers have not yet chosen a specific date for outfielder Andy Dirks to begin a Minor League rehab assignment for the second time this season. Dirks has begun baseball activities, but he has not played in the Majors in 2014. In addition, rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Eugenio Suarez both left Tuesday night's game with injuries. Castellanos was scratched just before the game. Here are the latest updates via Matt Slovin of

Andy Dirks

Slovin reports that Dirks started a rehab assignment earlier in July but had to stop because of issues stemming from his back surgery in March. He has resumed training, throwing, fielding, and swinging, but the Tigers have not determined when to put him into game action.

Dirks had back surgery on March 10 to remove fragmented pieces of disc. He has missed the entire season so far except for six Minor League games with Class-A Lakeland in July. In those games, he was 5 for 16 (.313) with 1 RBI. The Tigers expect him back in August.

Nick Castellanos
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus scratched rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos before Tuesday night's game with the Chicago White Sox. During batting practice, Castellanos took a ground ball off his right index finger. The impact left a bruise, but after having it drained, the Tigers expect him in the lineup Wednesday night.

Eugenio Suarez
Rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez tweaked his lower back while making a throw to first in attempt to get the White Sox' Adam Eaton (video). He was already a little sore since fielding a ground ball from Alexei Ramirez in the first. He finished the third inning but left for pinch hitter Andrew Romine in the fourth. He is listed as day-to-day.

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