Dirks slowed in rehab from back surgery

Dirks slowed in rehab from back surgery

HOUSTON -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has had to back off a little bit from his baseball activities recently, as he works to return from March back surgery because he's felt some discomfort.

"I don't know if I'd call it a setback, he just had some discomfort," Ausmus said. "It's not like he stopped doing stuff, he just eased off. He still ran the bases he just ran them lighter. He still threw, he just threw lighter."

Ausmus also said that Joel Hanrahan is playing catch, but is not back on the mound yet as he returns from 2013 Tommy John surgery.

Ian Krol threw his first bullpen session Saturday as he works his way back from left shoulder inflammation.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.