TOLEDO, OH —
Stop me if you’ve heard this message before. The Detroit Tigers have pulled OF Andy Dirks from a rehab assignment after Dirks re-injured his hamstring while in a game with the Whitecaps. It’s the 2nd time in less than 4 weeks that this has happened, and yet another setback as the outfielder attempts to fully recover from off-season back surgery.
Dirks’ assignment was transferred to AAA-Toledo on Thursday since the Whitecaps are headed for a long road trip. The injury happened as he was chasing a fly ball in West Michigan, but when he got to Toledo, found the injury would cause him to miss batting practice, so Detroit recalled his assignment.
Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand calls this a “more than just a day-to-day injury”. Dirks will remain with the Mud Hens until he is ready to take the field again. Dirks had back surgery on March 1st and was slated to return sometime in mid-July. A series of setbacks have forced that date to be pushed further and further and now it’s uncertain if he will play for the Tigers at all this season.