Dirks dealing with sore Achilles tendon

Dirks dealing with sore Achilles tendon

BOSTON -- After placing two players on the disabled list during this three-city road trip, the last thing the Tigers wanted for their return home was another injury situation. For now, however, they're hoping Andy Dirks' sore right Achilles tendon isn't serious enough to consider that.

Dirks was out of the lineup for a second straight game Thursday, though there was hope he'd be available to pinch-hit.

"It kind of appears that the tendon's just a little irritated," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, "but it's not major."

Don Kelly, who had been sent home from Tuesday's game with flu-like symptoms, started in left field in Dirks' place, batting eighth.