Dirks dealing with his own type of 'boot' camp

Dirks dealing with his own type of 'boot' camp

Dirks dealing with his own type of 'boot' camp
DETROIT -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has been stuck in a walking boot for more than two weeks with lingering right Achilles tendinitis. He hasn't played in a game since May 30. And recently, he remained in Detroit while the team went on a 10-game, three-city road trip.

"I've got a pretty boring life right now," Dirks said Monday after summing up the activities that have kept him "busy."

Stuck in a boot, the 26-year-old said he's been watching television, watching the team, playing guitar, resting and trying to stay in shape for when the pain finally subsides and he's able to start baseball-related activities.

At least until Friday, he'll remain sidelined. After meeting with team doctors last Friday, it was determined Dirks still wasn't healthy enough to shed the boot and would be re-examined in a week. For the outfielder, that examination can't come soon enough.

"I'm more than antsy," he said. "This is pretty frustrating. But I guess it's a delicate little injury. I didn't really think it was going to take as long as it is, but there's nothing I can do."

Rather than building on his .328 batting average, four home runs and 16 RBIs, the injury has Dirks building on his knowledge of Achilles' tendon strains and how long the recovery time is. He found the healing process takes longer than anticipated.

What he thought might keep him out for a maximum of five days has kept him out more than a month and now past the All-Star break. Despite his studies, he still couldn't provide a timetable for himself Monday.

"As far as a timeline goes, it's basically whenever it heals, which nobody knows when that's going to be," Dirks said. "It's kind of a touchy spot, I guess. It's a big tendon and tendons take longer than muscles. I'm learning this as I go.

"Once that spot heals up, I'll be good to go. I'll obviously have to do some baseball stuff and do a little bit more rehab to be in playing shape. Timeline-wise, I have no idea to be honest with you."