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Andy Dirks | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Andy Dirks (back) has resumed baseball activities.
Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. It's obviously good news that he's resuming activities, but there remains no timetable for his return. Jul 22 - 7:14 PM

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Andy Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment due to muscle inflammation in his lower back.

The Tigers announced they had recalled Dirks from his assignment with High-A Lakeland, and the diagnosis is back inflammation due to increased activity. It's obviously not a good sign that he's having back issues, as he's been rehabbing from March back surgery. He was on pace to return near the end of the month prior to being shut down. There's no timetable with the new setback.
Jul 16 - 7:27 PM

The Tigers recalled Andy Dirks from his rehab assignment with High-A Lakeland on Wednesday.

Dirks will remain on the disabled list despite being recalled, and's Jason Beck thinks the move may just be a procedural one by the organization to buy Dirks an extra day of rehab. Injured players get a maximum of 20 days of rehabilitation before a move is required, and with Triple-A Toledo on break until Thursday, recalling Dirks before reassigning him to Triple-A on Thursday would allow them to save a day. The bottom line is, Dirks is still not ready for major league games, and he'll likely need the entire 20 days of rehab before being recalled to the big club.
Jul 16 - 6:29 PM

Andy Dirks (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Lakeland.

Dirks has been sidelined all season following back surgery in March, but he's finally ready for game action. Barring any setbacks, he should join the Tigers shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 1:44 PM

Andy Dirks (back) could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment following a batting practice session on Wednesday.

The timetable on Dirks was recently slowed down due to some hamstring soreness, but he's feeling good now. The 28-year-old has been out all season following a microdisectomy, but he should be ready to rejoin the Tigers around the All-Star break. It will be interesting to see what role he might have, as J.D. Martinez and Rajai Davis have played well this season.
Jun 30 - 4:45 PM

Andy Dirks (back) is days away from beginning a rehab assignment.

Dirks, who is working his way back from a microdisectomy, began ramping up his baseball activities a couple weeks ago. He's been out all season, so he figures to need a bunch of rehab games before being activated. Dirks figures to return around the All-Star break.
Jun 22 - 10:21 AM

Andy Dirks (back) has begun ramping up his baseball activities.

"He's been throwing, he's been running bases, some soft toss. Tee work, soft toss, batting practice," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't think he's got the live batting practice, but that's gotta be somewhere here in the near future." The Tigers projected sometime in June as a rough timetable for Dirks after he underwent a microdisectomy, but it would be a surprise if he's back this month. Still, it appears he's moving in the right direction.
Jun 12 - 9:25 PM

Andy Dirks (back) began doing light baseball activities this week, including throwing and taking dry swings.

Dirks is in the process of recovering from microdisectomy surgery and isn't expected to rejoin the Tigers until mid-June. Rajai Davis has done an exceptional job as the team's primary left fielder so it remains to be seen how much playing time will be available once Dirks is able to return.
May 10 - 10:37 AM

Tigers transferred OF Andy Dirks from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Dirks has been recovering from microdisectomy surgery on March 10 and isn't likely to return until June. His transfer to the 60-day disabled list creates room on the 40-man roster for J.D. Martinez, who was promoted from Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
Apr 21 - 12:55 PM

Tigers placed OF Andy Dirks on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

Dirks underwent microdiscectomy surgery on his back March 10 and is likely to be out until June. Rajai Davis will get the majority of early-season action in left field.
Mar 29 - 2:59 PM

Andy Dirks underwent successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back Monday.

Dirks will rest for three weeks before beginning physical therapy. The outfielder is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks all told, putting likely return sometime in June. Rajai Davis will be the Tigers' primary left fielder while Dirks is on the shelf.
Mar 10 - 6:59 PM

Andy Dirks will rest for three weeks following back surgery before beginning physical therapy.

"It's like three weeks of nothing, let your body heal," Dirks said. "Then it'll be three weeks of physical therapy, then three to five weeks of some sort of baseball activities starting out." Dirks will have a disk in his back repaired and will be sidelined for 12 weeks, putting his likely return sometime in June.
Mar 6 - 6:30 PM

Andy Dirks needs back surgery and will likely miss 12 weeks.

Tough news for the Tigers, who were counting on Dirks to platoon with Rajai Davis in left field. It's estimated that the 28-year-old will need six weeks to get back to baseball activities and then another six weeks before returning to action. The Tigers plan to rely on internal options to fill in, but the speedy Davis will likely get more playing time than originally expected. His stock should go up on fantasy draft boards.
Mar 4 - 4:08 PM

Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Andy Dirks by agreeing to a one-year, $1.625 million contract.

It was Dirks' first year of arbitration eligibility after he qualified for Super Two status. The soon-to-be 28-year-old hit .256/.323/.363 with nine dingers for the Tigers last season and is expected to start in left field against righties in 2014.
Jan 17 - 12:48 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski revealed Monday that Andy Dirks played through a lingering knee injury all season that he suffered in spring training.

"We think he would have had a more contribution from an offensive perspective (if he had been healthy)," Dombrowski said. "He finally acknowledged it bothered him. It has been nothing major. A doctor looked at him. He’s done rehab." Dirks batted just .256/.323/.363 with nine homers during his disappointing 2013 season. He'll enter spring training healthy but hasn't been guaranteed anything from a playing time perspective.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 06:16:00 PM

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LF1Andy Dirks
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