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Friday, June 15, 2012

Rehab for Dirks' Achilles has hit 'sticking point'

While some of the Tigers' legion of walking wounded seem to be headed back toward the field, Andy Dirks — who was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Friday — is not.

"He’s not doing too good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before Friday's game.

Dirks' strained Achilles' tendon doesn't seem to be getting better like the training staff would like, necessitating a re-evaluation and a change in the treatment program.

"Andy's kind of reached a point, kind of a sticking point where it's bothering him to make one particular move that kind of irritates him," Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said, noting that Dirks was scheduled to see ankle specialist Dr. Chris Zingas later Friday. "He's worked very hard, he's done all his treatment, all his therapy work, he's done all his strength and range of motion work. He's able to execute quite a few moves but there's still a sticking point there and we're trying to get to the bottom of that."

The 'sticking point' seems to be one specific movement that Dirks has trouble with.

"He's been swinging the bat, he's been taking batting practice, he's doing all those things," Rand said, "but right now we've still got a point where he executes a couple of moves, it's still kind of buckling a little bit. So we need to get this right."


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