Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks (12) during batting practice prior to game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dirks Out For 12 Weeks After Back Surgery

A shocker out of Detroit Tigers spring training today as General Manager Dave Dombrowski announced that left fielder Andy Dirks will miss the start of the regular season because of back surgery.

Domborski told James Schmeal of MLive.com, that the surgery is to correct an issue Dirks has had for some time.

He’s had this for a lengthy period — he’s had some pain back there,” Dombrowski said. “But not to the extent that it affected him last year, playing-wise.”

The other day, he said it was bothering him,” Dombrowski said. “So we had him checked out by the specialist today, and this is what the diagnosis is.”

After losing Dirks don’t expect the Tigers to scourer the trade market for a platoon partner for Rajai Davis.

We have Don Kelly, we have Ezequiel Carrera, Trevor Crowe is here,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll play it internally and see how it all comes together.”

I think we have some good candidates, but we’ll have to wait and see,” Dombrowski said. “We do have some people that we feel have the chance to play a bigger role for us.

Crowe and Carrera will factor into some of the playing time in left this spring but don’t look for either of the Tiger farm hands to travel north with the team.  Steve Lomboardozzi, whom the Tigers acquired in the Doug Fister trade, is a switch hitter and  will probably see the bulk of the playing time in left with Dirks out of the line-up.  Lombardozzi, who will serve as the Tigers super utility man this season, played 23 games in left field for the Washington Nationals last season.

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