Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks Injured

By Eric Carlisle
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Injuries for the Detroit Tigers seem to be adding up. This isn’t exactly the way the Tigers wanted to start the year off but unfortunately it’s a reality of sports. They often times happen when you least expect it and when you can least afford them. Luckily enough it’s still Spring Training so the injuries shouldn’t hurt the team that badly.

The first injury of the year chose to hit Brennan Boesch only two days into camp when he was hitting off of a curveball machine. He strained his oblique muscle while swinging and consequently he’s been sidelined ever since. He has yet to play in a game so far and is listed as day-to-day but should be back sooner rather than later.

Boesch is competing for the left field position this spring after a lackluster performance in 2012 where he only hit .240. The lack of production left him off the postseason roster, something he said he never wants to happen again. Let’s just hope this injury doesn’t keep him sitting on the pine for too long or he might just get left behind in the race for a roster spot.

Not far behind him veteran infielder Ramon Santiago who was shelved with a with a calf strain. He injured it on Saturday running sprints and said it felt like someone chopped at his leg. He was supposed to start the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday but manager Jim Leyland was forced to start Danny Worth instead with Jhonny Peralta scheduled for a day off.

The most recent Tiger to find himself sitting out was Andy Dirks who according to a lot of people has the advantage on getting the everyday left field position or at least a platoon spot. He was a late scratch on Sunday when he tweaked his right intercostal muscle and is listed day-to-day by the team. Dirks had a hard time staying healthy last year when he strained a hamstring so this could possibly hurt him in the long run if he doesn’t bounce back quickly. Although he hit over .300 when he was healthy, you will always have a job if you hit the ball.

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