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Dirks not yet ready for baseball activities

Dirks not yet ready for baseball activities

Dirks not yet ready for baseball activities
ST. PETERSBURG -- Andy Dirks will spend at least another week in a walking boot while receiving shockwave therapy on his strained right Achilles. The outfielder, who hasn't played since May 30, was examined by Tigers foot/ankle specialist Dr. Chris Zingas on Friday in Detroit.

"He's not right. He's not ready to start any baseball activities," manager Jim Leyland said. "We were hoping for that. We didn't get it."

The examination showed improvement, but still some discomfort, Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said.

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"He's much improved," Rand said, "but still has point tenderness there. So he's going to continue to be in the boot for another week, and he'll also receive shockwave therapy."

The delay seemingly would push any timetable for a Dirks return past the All-Star break. While he was cleared to start running on a special treadmill, that's about the extent of his physical activity. He'll begin a more full-fledged running program once he's cleared.

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