April 19th, 2012

Injury updates from Dirks and Fister

I’m back on the beat after a few off-days for the KC series, so I checked with Andy Dirks and Doug Fister on their injuries before batting practice.

Dirks, who left Tuesday’s win over the Royals when his left hamstring tightened rounding third base, said he’s doing rehab work and hopes to progress to on-field work on Friday.

“It’s kind of just day-to-day right now,” Dirks said, “but I should be able to do things soon.”

As for Fister, his said they’re back to working out the soreness from his left rib cage area after he aggravated it throwing off the mound on Tuesday. He also sounded like they’re going to proceed cautiously from here, though he didn’t necessarily believe he was pushing it by throwing earlier this week.

“It’s always frustrating,” Fister said, “but I’ve just got to take it in stride.”

Thursday: Tigers vs. Rangers

Thought it would be interesting to see how the Tigers put together their lineup for Yu Darvish, an obviously unique pitcher whom they haven’t seen before. It’s a pretty standard lineup for Detroit tonight, the one change being that Don Kelly gets the start over Ryan Raburn. Kelly will play left field, with Delmon Young at DH.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Don Kelly, LF
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Adam Wilk

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, LF
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Michael Young, DH
  6. Nelson Cruz, RF
  7. Mike Napoli, 1B
  8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
  9. Craig Gentry, CF

P: Yu Darvish

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