Two knees, two tales for Berry, Dirks

Two knees, two tales for Berry, Dirks

LAKELAND, Fla. -- On the day Quintin Berry re-entered the competition for the fourth outfielder, back after missing most of the week with tendinitis in his left patella, Andy Dirks was out of action while the swelling lingered in his right knee from Tuesday's collision with the left-field wall.

Dirks was hoping he could be ready to play as soon as Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, he was on the travel list for that day's game against the Nationals in Viera, Fla.

Berry was able to alleviate the soreness in his knee through a combination of stretching and medication, and said it has been a "trial and error" process to find a program that works.

"As long as I keep it loose, I should be fine," Berry said.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.