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12 Andy Dirks LF
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 1/24/1986 | Birthplace: Hutchinson, KS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Detroit | College: Wichita State | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $505,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 372.20
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Andy Dirks resumes baseball activities


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is resuming baseball activities, the Detroit News reports.

Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment about a week ago due to back inflammation, but after a few days the team's training staff indicated he should be ready to resume his rehab this week. He has missed the entire season while recovering from March back surgery.


Andy Dirks could resume rehab 'within a week or so'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks (back) is expected to resume his rehab assignment, "within a week or so, " head athletic trainer Kevin Rand told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.

"He's a lot better. He's moving in the right direction. He said with the soreness he doesn't have the first-step quickness," Rand said. "Within a week or so, we'll see him ready to go back out (and play)."

Andy Dirks recalled due to back inflammation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was recalled from his rehab assignment due to back inflammation, according to MLB.com.

Dirks was expected to need 20 days on his rehab assignment, so being recalled came as a surprise. Turns out, Dirks had a setback, and is dealing with lower back inflammation. It's unclear how long Dirks will be sidelined with the new issue. 


Andy Dirks recalled by Detroit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has been recalled Wednesday.

Dirks was recalled, but won't be activated from the disabled list. Dirks has been working his way back from a hamstring issue. Dirks had played six games during his rehab assignment. 


Andy Dirks scores twice in rehab debut Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks went 1 for 3 and scored two runs in his rehab debut with high Class A Lakeland Tuesday.

Dirks is expected to take close to the maximum of 20 days on his rehab assignment as the team treats his minor-league work like spring training. He is working his way back from March back surgery. Dirks also has minor-league options, so the team could conceivably activate him at the end of the 20-day maximum and option him back to the minors if they believe he needs additional preparation time before contributing at the major-league level.


Andy Dirks ready to roll into rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is set to begin his rehab Tuesday with Class A Lakeland. He has been out all season after undergoing back surgery in March. He has since experienced hamstring tightness.

Andy Dirks slowed by hamstring tightness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand told reporters Monday outfielder Andy Dirks has been slowed by hamstring tightness as he is rehabbing from back surgery. Dirks is set for live batting practice Wednesday and could begin a rehab assignment shortly after.

Andy Dirks taking it easy with baseball activities


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has been backed off a little bit from baseball activities since he felt some discomfort recently as he recovers from March back surgery, per MLB.com.

"I don't know if I'd call it a setback, he just had some discomfort," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's not like he stopped doing stuff, he just eased off. He still ran the bases he just ran them lighter. He still threw, he just threw lighter."


Andy Dirks days away from rehab assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is days away from starting a minor-league rehab assignment, reports MLive.com. Dirks is rehabbing from back surgery and has not played this season.

Report: Andy Dirks closing in on rehab assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks, who has begun full baseball activities in their spring training site in Lakeland, could start a minor leaguer rehab stint within 7-10 days.

Dirks has been out all season after undergoing back surgery.


Andy Dirks ramping up his work Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has ramped up his workouts Thursday, as he continues to work his way back from a back injury, MLB.com reports.

"He's been throwing, he's been running bases, some soft toss. Tee work, soft toss, batting practice," 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."

Andy Dirks continues light workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks continues to participate in light workouts while recovering from back surgery, but he has yet to progress to full work, MLB.com reports.

Dirks has been taking dry swings with the bat for the last two weeks while also doing some light throwing on the field. He was initially projected to need 12 weeks of recovery before returning to the lineup, but it's been roughly 11 weeks since the surgery and he has no clear timetable for return.


Andy Dirks beginning comeback from back surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Brad Ausmust has reported that Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has resumed "the very beginnings of baseball activities," per MLB.com

Dirks, who is recovering from back surgery, remains on pace to return to the team sometime next month.


Tigers make two DL moves Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) The Tigers announced Monday they placed pitcher Luke Putkonen on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation to make room on the roster for J.D. Martinez, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Martinez, outfielder Andy Dirks (back) was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.


Andy Dirks limited to aquatic rehab until end of month


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has been limited to aquatic rehab at the team's spring facility in Florida, MLB.com reports. Dirks is expected visit a back specialist at the end of the month, seeking clearance for more rehab work.

Andy Dirks placed on the 15-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Dirks had surgery on his back in March, and is expected to miss at least 12 weeks. Dirks hit .256/.323/.363 in 438 at-bats last year.


Andy Dirks undergoes successful back surgery Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks underwent successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back Monday, MLB.com reports.

Dirks is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks following the surgery, leaving him to return in early June if all goes well. He will be restricted from doing any physical activity beyond walking for three weeks.


Andy Dirks will need three weeks of rest after surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks remains confident that his back procedure will only take 12 weeks to recover. He is expected to rest his back for three weeks after the surgery before starting therapy, MLB.com reports.

"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."


Andy Dirks out 12 weeks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks will be out 12 weeks after back surgery, according to mlive.com.

Dirks was in line for a starting spot. The team will attempt to replace Dirks with internal options. Last season, Dirks hit .256/.323/.363 in 438 at-bats last year.


Andy Dirks seeking return to 2012 form


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) With memories fading of his crash into a wall last spring that resulted in a lingering knee injury he was forced to play with all year, Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is talking optimistically about 2014.

Dirks lost playing time in the postseason to Don Kelly and Jhonny Peralta after his batting average dropped to an uncharacteristic .256 and his strikeouts rose to 84. Dirks batted .322 in 2012. His slugging percentage dropped from .487 to .363 last year.

He wants to make certain he is healthy before declaring himself ready for a bounce-back campaign. "You just wnat to make sure your body is 100 percent prepared," he told the Detroit Free Press. "You don't want to get all that early soreness and stuff."


Andy Dirks avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has avoided arbitration with the club.

Dirks is set to make $1.625 next year. He's coming off a season in which he hit .256/.323/.363 in 438 at-bats last season. 


Andy Dirks could still play a big role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) One side effect of Nick Castellanos' move back to third base following the recent Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler trade is that the Tigers now have an unsettled situation in left field. And though they haven't ruled out acquiring a player to fill the void, they haven't given up on Andy Dirks yet either, according to MLive.com.

"The ideal situation is Andy Dirks would play like he did two years ago," general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday. "He didn't have a good year last year. I know his knee bothered him. He admitted it more after the year that it bothered him all year long, so I'm looking for Andy Dirks to come back."

Splitting time with Matt Tuiasosopo, Dirks hit .256 with nine homers and a .686 OPS in 438 at-bats last season, but he hit .322 with eight homers and an .857 OPS in 314 at-bats in 2012, crushing righties to the tune of a .336 batting average and .889 OPS.

"We think he's a good big-league player. But am I ready to say for sure he's our left fielder and we can't get better by matching and mixing and doing something? No, I'm not prepared to do that at this point," Dombrowski said.


American League Gold Glove finalists announced


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/25/2013) The finalists for the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced on Friday, with three players at each position. The awards honor the league's best defenders, and winners will be announced Oct. 29. 

The American League nominees are:

Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Salvador Perez, Kansas City; Matt Wieters, Baltimore

First Base: Chris Davis, Baltimore; Eric Hosmer, Kansas City; James Loney, Tampa Bay

Second Base: Robinson Cano, New York, Dustin Pedroia, Boston, Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay

Third Base: Adrian Beltre, Texas; Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; Manny Machado, Baltimore

Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City; Yunel Escobar, Tampa Bay; J.J. Hardy, Baltimore

Left Field: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland; Andy Dirks, Detroit; Alex Gordon, Kansas City

Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City; Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston; Adam Jones, Baltimore

Right Field: Nick Markakis, Baltimore; Josh Reddick, Oakland; Shane Victorino, Boston

Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Toronto; R.A. Dickey, Toronto; Doug Fister, Detroit


Andy Dirks gets the start in left


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks will start Game 3 of the ALCS in left field.

Dirks will bat ninth against Red Sox pitcher John Lackey. The move may only last one game. With Doug Fister expected to pitch Game 4, Peralta will likely get the start in left field. 


Andy Dirks hits eighth home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks hit his eighth home run in Sunday's win over the Mets.

Dirks finished 1 for 3 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and three RBI. He is hitting .252/.322/.363 in 353 at-bats.