BOSTON -- Andy Dirks broke out of an 0-for-16 slump at Triple-A Toledo with a solo homer in a two-hit effort Tuesday afternoon. Still, the Tigers believe he still has some work to do on his rehab assignment to get his timing back with his swing.
The Tigers still expect Dirks to be back in time to help them down the stretch, but it won't be right away.
After a 4-for-13 start to his rehab assignment, Dirks went four consecutive games without a hit, capped by an 0-for-6, two-strikeout performance Monday against Louisville. Even with Tuesday's effort, he entered the Mud Hens' off-day Wednesday batting .182 (6-for-33) on his rehab assignment.
Keep in mind, Dirks missed close to two months with an Achilles injury that was originally expected to be a day-to-day injury.