Ailing Dirks misses third straight game

Ailing Dirks misses third straight game

DETROIT -- Andy Dirks just can't catch a break.

After suffering a left hamstring injury earlier in the season and missing eight games, the outfielder is now dealing with a sore right Achilles tendon, which caused him to miss his third consecutive game Friday night.

What began as a precautionary measure to hold him out of the lineup has become concerning enough that an MRI and an X-ray were ordered for the outfielder to "make sure it's nothing major." Prior to Friday's game, Dirks was still waiting on the results.

Manager Jim Leyland said Thursday night after the team's 7-3 win against the Red Sox that Dirks reported his injury was actually worse the second day.

"It was pretty sore and stiff, and there was some pain walking," Dirks said. "But it's feeling better today, and I'll just keep treating it and hopefully get through with no problems."

The injury comes at a tough time for the Tigers, who have been without leadoff hitter Austin Jackson since May 17. Jackson and Dirks are two of the team's hottest hitters, batting .331 and .328 on the season, respectively.

Dirks had taken over the left-field duties and found a home batting No. 2 in the order after recovering from his earlier hamstring injury.

"It's always frustrating being hurt," Dirks said. "But there's really nothing I feel like I an do differently to keep it from happening. I'm just going to try and get healthy now."