Dirks leaves with tight left hamstring
Andy Dirks left Tuesday’s game against the Royals in the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness, the same injury that sidelined him earlier this month.
Dirks is listed as day-to-day.
Dirks initially strained his left hamstring trying to score from second base on a hit at Kansas City a couple weeks ago. He missed about eight days before returning to action last week. The aggravation, replay suggested, happened as he was accelerating out of the batters box on a pop-up to left field.
Dirks had to speed up when left fielder Alex Gordon overran the ball, hustling in on a double. He was clearly hobbling after that, prompting head athletic trainer Kevin Rand to jog out from the dugout. Brad Eldred, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound designated hitter the Tigers called up last week, pinch-ran for Dirks — who started as the designated hitter Tuesday — and scored on Jhonny Peralta’s single.
Dirks and Don Kelly had been sharing left-field duties the past few days while Delmon Young has been out. Young is scheduled to return from his suspension on Friday, though manager Jim Leyland said he will not be in the starting lineup that night against the White Sox.