"He's getting better. I checked with him today and he said it felt really good," Leyland said. "That's good news because hopefully we won't have to make a defensive move. We've been getting him out late because he couldn't bust out after something and he'd really extend the injury or not get to something."
Dirks didn't start Wednesday's game in Seattle after exiting early the previous day. He also left two of the four weekend games in Oakland early, once for a pinch-runner and the other for a pinch-hitter.