Dirks isn't concerned about his tight hamstring

Dirks isn't concerned about his tight hamstring

DETROIT -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was in the clubhouse on Wednesday receiving treatment on his left hamstring and preparing to test it out on the field during batting practice.

Dirks left Tuesday night's game against the Royals in the fourth inning, when he came up limping after legging out a double on a misplayed fly ball by left fielder Alex Gordon. Dirks, who has already missed eight games this season because of the hamstring, said he's receiving the "standard" treatment of ice and heat in an attempt to relax the tight muscle.

Dirks wasn't concerned after Tuesday's game because he didn't believe he re-pulled the hamstring, and he didn't sound concerned the morning after either.

"It feels better today," he said. "Just a little tight, but other than that, it feels pretty good ... I got to get out on the field and see how it feels, though."

Dirks wasn't in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale, but he did some light jogging and took batting practice as he appeared to be OK. Ryan Raburn got the start in left field, with Brad Eldred taking over as designated hitter.