Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 1 Day
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.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 5 Days
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.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 2 Months
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.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 3 Months
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.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 3 Months
According to Lynn Henning, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed this week that they are not yet ready to name Andy Dirks as their starting left fielder for the upcoming season.
For all intents and purposes the club is still seeking an upgrade to the position through free agency or trade, and remains one of the most likely landing destinations for Shin-Soo Choo. If the Tigers strike out on the open market, Dirks would stand to be the primary beneficiary and would see most of the action in left against right-handed pitching.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 5 Months
Andy Dirks will start in left field for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Jhonny Peralta is making another start at shortstop. The full Tigers' lineup: Austin Jackson CF, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez C, Peralta SS, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Dirks LF. Justin Verlander will be on the hill for Detroit.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 6 Months
Andy Dirks had a memorable night at the dish in Friday's rout of the Royals, going 5-for-5 with a double, four runs scored and an RBI.
Dirks also walked on the evening, reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. The 27-year-old outfielder has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, hitting .263/.331/.376 with eight homers and 32 RBI. He'll need to continue to swing the bat well to hold off the recently promoted Nick Castellanos.
Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 7 Months
Andy Dirks went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Tigers' leadoff man on Thursday.
Dirks spent quite a bit of time in the leadoff spot early on when Austin Jackson was on the DL, but he's mostly hit sixth and seventh lately, something that figures to continue. He could really use a hot streak to force his way back into the lineup against all right-handers.