Andy Dirks to restart rehab assignment on Friday
DETROIT — Andy Dirks will resume his rehabilitation assignment at Class A West Michigan on Friday.
He was recalled from his assignment after six games, following a setback.
Coming back from back surgery in March, Dirks experienced low-back muscular inflammation, causing the Tigers to recall him on July 16, and leave him on the disabled list.
“It’s kind of things you go through sometimes in rehabilitation. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s missed obviously so much time and this was kind of his spring training, normal rehab assignment you’d probably say just give it a couple days, you’re still gonna get the at-bats we need. In the case of him, where every day is very, very important for him because he doesn’t get that many, we want to make sure we get every one we can,” Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand said at the time.
“He expected it. He said to me on the phone, ‘I’m doing everything but right now with this soreness, I don’t have that first-step quickness.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s get that back.’ You don’t lose anything by doing it.”
Although Dirks already played in six rehabilitation games in the minors, but the 20-day clock on the assignment resets, since he missed more than five days.