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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Andy Dirks to resume rehab in Toledo

By on 8/08/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers have been near the top of the Major Leagues in runs scored all season, but have struggled of late, scoring just a run in the last two games against the New York Yankees. Following a 1-0 loss on Thursday night, the Tigers fell to 62-50 but hold a two and a half game lead over the Kansas City Royals in the division. One player that could give the offense a spark is outfielder Andy Dirks, who is set to resume his rehab in Toledo, but there is no timetable for his return.

I reported on Wednesday that Dirks left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning after feeling his left hamstring tighten as he ran after a fly ball.

An update on Dirks, as reported by Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, is that he was with the Med Hens and took batting practice with the team on Thursday, but he was not in the starting lineup.

The official Twitter feed of the Toledo Mud Hens confirmed that Dirks was not in the lineup.
Doctors has assured Dirks that his back is structurally fine and his rehab has been slowed a bit with the hamstring issue, which Dirks says is not serious.
 “The hamstring isn’t a big deal, it just grabbed a little bit. Just precautionary, sitting out a few days to make sure everything is perfect.”
Dirks hopes to be ready by the end of his 20-day rehab assignment on August 20, but isn't looking ahead.
“My job right now is to get better. I just want to come down and play. They (the Tigers) make the decisions. I’m just preparing myself to be in great playing shape and be ready to go as quickly as I can."
Dirks, in his third Major League season, is batting .256 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this season. Last season, he batted .322 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 88 games. In 297 career games, Dirks is batting .276 with 24 home runs and 100 RBI

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