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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday that Andy Dirks will likely play left field in ALCS Game 3.

It would be Dirks' first start since ALDS Game 1 vs. the A's. Jhonny Peralta will presumably play shortstop.

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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.