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Tigers' Andy Dirks set for back surgery, likely to miss 3 months

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Tigers will be without Andy Dirks for a while. (USATSI)
The Tigers will be without Andy Dirks for a while. (USATSI)

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The Tigers on Tuesday announced that outfielder Andy Dirks will undergo surgery on his lower back and is expected to miss the next 12 weeks. Here are some further details from's James Schmehl:

Dirks first complained of back soreness two days ago and was checked by a specialist Monday. It was then recommended Tuesday he undergo microdiscectomy surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Thomas Tolli.

The left-handed hitting Dirks had been slated to form a left field platoon with Rajai Davis. Now, though, the Tigers will likely try to get by with Don Kelly as the dominant half of that platoon.

Dirks, 28, owns a career line of .278/.333/.418 against right-handed pitching (863 plate appearances), and he also grades out as a defensive asset in left. In contrast, Kelly, age 34, has hit .235/.295/.362 against the opposite side (793 plate appearances) over the course of his career. As you can see, the Tigers are likely to feel the affects of Dirks's absence.

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