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Dirks' return before break unlikely

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks will have his right Achilles tendon examined on Friday in Detroit, which will determine whether he can resume physical activities.

The Tigers are hoping for a bit of good news on an injury that has now sidelined their left fielder for close to a month. What was once believed to be a day-to-day situation has lingered far longer than imagined -- to the point that a return before the All-Star break would appear unlikely.

Dr. Chris Zingas, the Tigers' foot and ankle specialist, will perform the checkup.

Dirks was batting .328 with four home runs and 16 RBIs through 37 games before the injury.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks will have his right Achilles tendon examined on Friday in Detroit, which will determine whether he can resume physical activities.

The Tigers are hoping for a bit of good news on an injury that has now sidelined their left fielder for close to a month. What was once believed to be a day-to-day situation has lingered far longer than imagined -- to the point that a return before the All-Star break would appear unlikely.

Dr. Chris Zingas, the Tigers' foot and ankle specialist, will perform the checkup.

Dirks was batting .328 with four home runs and 16 RBIs through 37 games before the injury.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.