February 24th, 2013

Dirks scratched with left intercostal strain

The injuries so far in Tigers camp are minor, but they’re starting to add up. They now include a projected member of the Opening Day lineup, with Andy Dirks scratched from Sunday’s game shortly before first pitch.

Dirks is considered day-to-day with what was called a mild left intercostal strain. He took part in pregame workouts and batting practice but went back to the clubhouse shortly before it ended. He indicated it had been tight for a little while when he was working out.

Quintin Berry replaced Dirks in Sunday’s starting lineup.

Dirks characterized the decision as precautionary. That doesn’t mean his absence will be brief. With three bus trips coming up in the next four days, and no urgency to rush Dirks back for Opening Day, the Tigers could remain cautious for a while before bringing Dirks back to action.

The timetable is similarly unclear on infielder Ramon Santiago, who’s out with a strained right calf. Manager Jim Leyland tried to provide an unofficial timetable Sunday morning, and it didn’t sound good.

“You might as well mark him down as out for a while,” Leyland said.

Santiago sounded more optimistic, saying he could be back in a matter of days.

Sunday: Tigers vs. Phillies

With back-to-back road games coming up, the Tigers will keep their regulars together one more day for a meeting with Roy Halladay. The only change is Danny Worth giving Jhonny Peralta. Leyland said yesterday he would have started Ramon Santiago in that spot if not for the calf injury.

The game is on the radio in Detroit on 97.1 FM in Detroit and online at MLB Gameday Audio.

1. Austin Jackson, cf
2. Torii Hunter, rf
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3b
4. Prince Fielder, 1b
5. Victor Martinez, dh
6. Andy Dirks Quintin Berry, lf (Dirks scratched with mild left intercostal strain)
7. Alex Avila, c
8. Omar Infante, 2b
9. Danny Worth, ss

P: Justin Verlander, Kyle Lobstein, Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque, Joaquin Benoit, Brayan Villarreal, Phil Coke

1. Jimmy Rollins, ss
2. Tyson Gillies, cf
3. Carlos Ruiz, c
4. Ryan Howard, 1b
5. Darin Ruf, dh
6. John Mayberry, rf
7. Kevin Frandsen, 3b
8. Freddy Galvis, 2b
9. Zach Collier, lf

P: Roy Halladay, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Ramirz, Jake Diekman, Joe Savery