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.


Santiago played Winter baseball, Dirks not. Both injured

Wow! Not used to seeing so many injuries, but we have been very lucky, I guess. Curtis Granderson has a broken arm with his first at-bat.

interestinly enough it was to have been Granderson’s first game in left field. Yankees experimenting with moving Brett Gardner to center field.

Olney:”Strangest schedule quirk I’ve seen so far: White Sox and Tigers don’t play until July 9, and then meet 16 times in the second half.”

I noticed that too. The other thing is that we play in a national league park last series of the season. If you were in a dog fight in the end that could be a distinct disadvantage and game changer.

Sometime ago Beck tweeted that ChiSox management thinks the team does not need a LHP right now because they wont face the Tigers until then.

Yes, vs the Marlins. VMart would have to catch to be there.Or would be limited to pinchhit

MLBTR posted along list of OF to replace Granderson and Boesch is not even mentioned

the NYY don’t even know how bad they want Brennan! he’s a half season beauty and the beast

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