May 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks (12) against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers Activate Andy Dirks From DL, Designate Don Kelly For Assignment

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was activated from the disabled list on Friday. The Tigers also designated Don Kelly for assignment.

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Tigers Activate Andy Dirks From DL, Designate Don Kelly For Assignment

On Friday, the Detroit Tigers announced via the official Twitter account of Media Relations Director Brian Britten that the club has activated outfielder Andy Dirks from the disabled list and in the process was forced to designate outfielder Don Kelly for assignment.

Dirks had been inactive since May 31 and has been healing from an Achilles injury in his right foot.

With Dirks' return, moving Kelly became a necessity because of the amount of left-handed hitting outfielders on the roster. It merely became a numbers game.

For more on Dirks' injury, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys, and for more MLB news be sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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Andy Dirks Injury: Tigers OF Making Progress, Could Face Lengthy Stint In Minors

Once hoped to be back with the club by the end of July, injured Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was assessed by the team's training staff on Monday in an effort to determine his readiness for a rehab assignment. And while the timetable for his injured right Achilles is still not entirely certain, the 26-year-old outfielder is eager to get back on the field and pick up where he left off from the plate. Still, Tigers manager Jim Leyland does not expect Dirks to return to the big league squad any time soon according to The Oakland Press' Matthew Mowery:

Back to running the bases and reportedly feeling better than ever, Dirks is hoping to kick off his rehab assignment in Toledo later on this week. But because of his lengthy absence from the lineup, Leyland made it fully clear on Monday that he wants his young outfielder to see an abundance of Triple-A pitching before he's willing to give him the call. "He’s been out two months, six weeks plus," Leyland told MLive.com's James Schmehl. "He’s going to have to go out and get at-bats, and it won’t just be three or four days of at-bats. That’s still a process."

Even though those late July and early August estimations now seem a tad generous with his timetable still up in the air, it's good to know that Dirks will return at some point this season, and likely in the heart of the Tigers' playoff push.

For more on Dirks' injury, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys, and for more MLB news be sure to head over to Baseball Nation.

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