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Dirks' hamstring issue showing progress

Dirks' hamstring issue showing progress

Dirks' hamstring issue showing progress
CHICAGO -- Manager Jim Leyland said Monday the Tigers are "almost home free" from the hamstring issue that has recently hindered outfielder Andy Dirks.

"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.

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Dirks walked and scored a run in the first inning of Monday's 7-5 loss. He was later hit by a pitch and finished 0-for-2.

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