Dirks still bothered by Achilles tendinitis

Dirks still bothered by Achilles tendinitis

DETROIT -- Manager Jim Leyland has said the past two days that Andy Dirks isn't doing well in his recovery from right Achilles tendinitis. As a result, the outfielder was not activated from the disabled list on Friday night -- his first day eligible -- for the Tigers' three-game series opener against the Rockies.

Instead, he was re-examined by Dr. Chris Zingas, the team's foot and ankle specialist. Trainer Kevin Rand said after Zingas "repeated some studies," it was determined that the injury was still tendinitis, but the team would go in a different direction with its treatment.

"Andy's kind of reached a sticking point where it's bothering him to make one particular move that kind of irritates him," Rand said. "We [had] him re-evaluated this morning ... We're going to move in a different direction treatment-wise to kind of see if we can spur him."

Rand said he would have more info on the new treatment "later." Neither Leyland nor Rand provided a new timetable for Dirks' return.

Dirks was hitting .328 with four home runs and 16 RBIs on the season before being placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 31.