Dirks feeling better, could return Tuesday
A day after the Tigers had to scratch Andy Dirks from the lineup with an intercostal muscle issue, manager Jim Leyland said Dirks is feeling much better. Dirks could have played today against the Phillies in Clearwater, Leyland indicated, but they decided to play it safe instead of rushing him back against a lefty.
Before the injury, Dirks was on the travel roster to Kissimmee for Tuesday’s game against the Astros. No word whether he’ll be back on there now that he’s healthy, but with Nick Castellanos playing the entire game in left field today against the Phillies, as is Jeff Kobernus at DH, the rosters would lend themselves to seeing Dirks play Tuesday.