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.


castellanos making a case with that bat holy cow

darin downs looking good too

Castellanos could be in the 25. LF/DH and he would have plenty of AB

With Miggs now well surrounded with experience, this could be a scary good season in the making. He seems totally at peace with himself.
Nick has time on his side. He could well be our October wild card.
Dirks needs to be given a bit of that old JL trust and backing.

Well, they will have plenty of time to take a good look at all of them with spring training starting early and some of the regulars playing in the WBC. It’s exciting to watch the young kids. But, we have to be careful because it’s still so early in spring training.

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