Dirks not cleared for baseball activity yet
Andy Dirks will spend at least another week in a walking boot while receiving shock wave therapy on his strained right achilles. The Tigers outfielder, who hasn’t played since May 30, was examined by Tigers foot/ankle specialist Dr. Chris Zingas on Friday in Detroit.
“He’s not right. He’s not ready to start any baseball activities,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We were hoping for that. We didn’t get it.”
The examination, Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, showed improvement, but still some discomfort.
“He’s much improved,” Rand said, “but still has point tenderness there. So he’s going to continue to be in teh boot for another week and he’ll also receive shock wave therapy.”
The delay seemingly would push any timetable for a Dirks return past the All-Star break. While he was cleared to start running on a special treadmill, that’s about the extent of his physical activity. He’ll begin a more full-fledged running program once he’s cleared.