Dirks could resume rehab assignment next week
Dave Dombrowski raised a little surprise Thursday when he mentioned Andy Dirks as a potential option for a left-handed bat.
“I think Andy Dirks is going to come back here,” Dombrowski said when downplaying the chance of a trade for a left-handed hitter. “He’s making progress again. I think he’s going to help us.”
That return might not be as far off as expected. Dirks has been making progress in workouts in Florida, Brad Ausmus said, and could resume his minor-league rehab assignment early next week.
“We’re hopeful if he feels good on Monday that we can maybe restart his assignment,” Ausmus said Saturday.
Dirks played in six games for Class A Lakeland earlier this month before being pulled off his rehab assignment July 16 with lower back soreness. If and when he resumes his assignment, those days don’t reset, so he’ll have about two weeks left out of the 20 days of rehab he gets before the Tigers have to make a roster decision on him.
If Dirks were to resume action around the middle of next week, he’d hit his maximum 20 days of rehab around mid-August. It’s worth noting that Dirks still has minor-league options remaining, and they could conceivably use one to send him to the minors until rosters expand Sept. 1.