Dirks finally heads out for rehab assignment
On the disabled list since May 31 with a strained Achilles tendon, the outfielder finally got clearance to head out for a rehabilitation assignment on Sunday, joining the Triple-A Mud Hens in Toledo. He started in center field in Sunday night’s game, and collected an RBI single in his first at-bat.
“Right now, it’s good. I wouldn’t be going somewhere if I didn’t think I could play. It’s finally getting better, so you know it’s a positive right now. But I still have to see how it feels after I start playing games because it’s tough to simulate it. Playing a baseball game is one of the toughest things to simulate, I think, but we’ll see,” said Dirks, who will probably get three at-bats per game for a few nights, then be the designated hitter for another.
“I’m ready to start playing. It’s been too long.”
Manager Jim Leyland isn’t expecting him back soon, though. Though Dirks happily packed up for a road trip, it’ll probably be with the Mud Hens, who head out on the road at the same time as the parent club.
“His will be a little bit longer time than most rehabs, so they’ve got plenty of time to fool with that,” Leyland said of the rehab plan.