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Andy Dirks shut down with pain in surgically-repaired back

Jul 16, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

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Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks had back surgery at the beginning of spring training and has yet to appear in a major league game this season. He’s not getting any closer either. From Jason Beck of …

The Tigers announced Wednesday that they’ve recalled Dirks from his rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland, and will keep him on the disabled list. The move came from what the Tigers are calling lower back muscular inflammation from increased activity.

Dirks was 5-for-16 with with a double, an RBI, and four runs scored through six games with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He can now probably be ruled out until at least mid-August.

The 28-year-old owns a decent .276/.332/.413 career batting line in 297 major league games.

  1. weaselpuppy - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    More PT for JD!

  2. papacrick - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    And Don Kelly survives another day… Or maybe Romine

    • tigersfandan - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Romine should be the one to bite the dust. Kelly brings more to the team both offensively and defensively. I really don’t undersand why they kept Romine and jettisoned Danny Worth earlier this year. Worth can pitch! Romine can’t do much of anything.

  3. normcash - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Thank god for JD Martinez & Rajai Davis!

  4. pwshrugged - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Nothing against Andy, but the Tigers don’t have a place to put him anyway. None of the outfielders have earned a demotion or time on the bench. The easy candidates for demotion – as mentioned here already – would be Don Kelly or Andrew Romine, but they need to keep both guys on the roster for infield depth. Kelly is basically the only INF utility guy on the roster, but he can’t really play shortstop, so Romine’s position as the backup SS or middle infield utility guy is secure.

    The cold fact is that JD has basically played Andy out of the platoon he was meant to play. Torii Hunter could definitely be spelled more often, but I doubt the Tigers want to carry five OF, none of whom have any infield utility. That JD has bashed the cover off the ball isn’t surprising – he had good stretches in Houston – but that he’s sustained his pace is stunning and quite promising. This should sort itself out next season, but for now… yeah, sorry Andy.

    • kay89belletire - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Tigers need LH hitting Outfielder who can catch the ball !! Tiger will need Dirks

      • pwshrugged - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        But who are they sending down? Rajai is your speed guy, and he’s had a good year. JD is raking, and even if he cools down, he’s been good enough to keep you tempted that he’ll heat up again. So those two are locked. Austin Jackson, despite any reservations we have about him, is the only OF we have who can play center. And Torii… he’s not going anywhere, even if his age is becoming evident.

        I just don’t see the Tigers carrying two OF on the bench; the whole point of Don Kelly is that he can play everywhere, he’s our INF utility guy and our fifth OF.

        This fixes itself next year; if JD solidifies a long-term role on the club, I don’t see Torii getting re-signed (I think Torii might retire anyway, he’s looking a bit aged this year). Then we have our four OF of Jackson, JD, Rajai, and Dirks.

    • harley5571 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Cmon Jackson sucks most of the time..he creates a lil rumble here in there but tired of his act..just like tired of R.Stuckey and glad he is gone..They are just NOT going to develop into what we were hoping they would..Time to cut the umbilcal chord on Jackson!

      • pwshrugged - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Agreed on Jackson and his bat, however, the only two guys on the roster who have the defensive range to play CF are Jackson and Kelly. I think Ausmus made a critical error removing A-Jax from the leadoff; that’s his spot – moving him was tantamount to a demotion or a vote of no confidence. Watch A-Jax perk up if they keep him in leadoff. I think a 1-2-3 of Jackson-Kinsler-Cabrera is actually ideal.

        Baseball’s not all about the bats; it’s about defense, range, versatility, base-running, etc etc. While I agree that Dirks is, in some ways, a needed addition to the roster, there’s simply nowhere for him. Of the four outfielders right now, the two worst performers are the two who aren’t going anywhere – Jackson and Hunter.

        That said, I think Hunter retires after this season, and I think Jackson could be offseason trade bait if the Tigers can find a new CF elsewhere. Unless he starts to capitalize on his potential and inch closer to 20-20 territory (probably a pipe dream, I know), I don’t think he really fits the vision Ausmus has for the team.

  5. weaselpuppy - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Kelly really is only an in game security blanket for a 3rd third base injury. What little pop he had is gone and Dorks will have much more value as bench bat. Stay of execution for awhile but not permanently.

    • pwshrugged - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Kelly’s the third 1B after Miggy and V-Mart, too. He’s essentially the backup corner infielder, while Romine is the backup middle infielder.

      Love him or hate him, Kelly’s value is that he can play at every base and OF, as well. He’s depth, regardless of what pop he has or doesn’t have. The Tigers can only have so many guys on the bench, so if Kelly lets them cover two needs in one spot, they’ll take that to have an extra bullpen arm.

      I just can’t see them devoting 20% of their active roster to the outfield.

  6. snowman69bobbysmela - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I think The Tigers, really should just get rid of dirks, He is a lost cause,now I never did care for him anyway. The 5 outfielders we have now including hunter can run circuls around dirks. Detroit just trade Dirks already, or send him off for assignment. He dead weight now,and always will be with his back issues. ANDY DIRKS SUCKS!!!! TIME TOGO ANDY!!! WE DON”T NEED YOU ANY MORE!!!!!

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    With that surgically repaired business, you make him sound like Bionic Dirks.

    • philliesblow - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Bionic Dirks is just sitting there crying out for a slight misspelling.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        You mean: HBPiD.

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