Dirks remains out due to swollen knee

Dirks remains out due to swollen knee

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Andy Dirks wasn't ready to return to left field on Saturday. The swelling in his right knee, which he banged into the fence at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday, was still too much to get much flexibility out of it.

He's hopeful of playing sometime in the next couple days, hopeful enough to make the long overnight bus trip to Port St. Lucie and Jupiter on Sunday and Monday despite the knee soreness.

"It feels better," Dirks said Saturday morning. "I just have to get all the swelling out of it."

Matt Tuiasosopo started in Dirks' place in left field for the second straight day.

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