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Andy Dirks (back) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Low-A West Michigan.

Dirks had his rehab halted in mid-July after experiencing renewed inflammation in his surgically-repaired lower back. There is no longer a timetable for his return.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 2 Days

The Tigers have yet to decide when Andy Dirks (back) will resume his rehab assignment.

Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. He's resumed baseball activities, but it's not clear when he'll be ready for game action. Obviously, he's a long shot at this point to be a major contributor to the Tigers this season.

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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.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 15 Days

Andy Dirks was recalled from 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 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, so there's no timetable with the new setback.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 15 Days

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 MLB.com'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.

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

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.

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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.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 2 Months

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.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 3 Months

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.

Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 3 Months

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.