The Tigers could soon be getting a reinforcement in outfielder Andy Dirks who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with right Achilles tendonitis.
According to Chris Iott of Mlive.com, Dirks will make his way back to Detroit Monday and be assessed by the team’s training staff. If everything checks out fine then Dirks could be begin a rehabilitation assignment sometime this week.
“We’re going to assess where he is from a running standpoint and take him through a progression to make sure he’s ready to base-run,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Sunday morning. “Once we do that, we’ll get him out and ready to play.
“My hope is he’ll be ready to go out on a rehab assignment during this homestand.”
Dirks has been working out and participating in baseball related activities in Lakeland, Florida in preparation of his return.
“He’s been rehabbing down there, taking batting practice, doing agility drills, throwing, getting himself prepared and ready to go out on a rehab assignment pretty soon,” Rand said.
Prior to his trip to the disabled list, Dirks was performing very well sporting a .328 batting average with 44 hits, 4 home runs and 16 RBI in 37 games played. He also moved his way into the No. 2 spot of the batting order which has since been taken over by Quintin Berry against right-handed hitters. If Dirks is able to make his return within the next couple of weeks we could see an outfield consisting of Berry in left, Jackson in center and Dirks in right. Of course this is still dependent on whether or not Berry can continue to contribute offensively and defensively and Boesch continues to struggle at the plate.