Dirks day to day after crashing into wall

Dirks day to day after crashing into wall

LAKELAND, Fla. -- As if the Tigers didn't already have enough injuries in their outfield ranks, Andy Dirks returned to the ranks of the walking wounded Tuesday with a collision into the left-field wall, bruising his right knee. He's listed as day to day, but he didn't sound overly concerned about it long-term.

"I just banged it into the wall hard," Dirks said.

The collision happened on the Rays' Jack Cust's double leading off the fourth. By the time the six-run inning ended, Dirks' knee was swelling up with discomfort, leading manager Jim Leyland to pinch-hit Don Kelly for him to start the bottom half of the fourth.

Dirks missed five games early in the spring with an intercostal strain but had been playing pretty continuously since March 1. With Quintin Berry and Avisail Garcia also out for the time being, the Tigers don't have as much depth as usual to weather injuries if they carry into Opening Day.

"I don't think it's anything," Leyland said, "but I learned a long time ago not to discount that stuff. I don't think it is, but we'll see."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.