"They've been patient," Dirks told The Blade about the Tigers. "They understand that a body heals in its own time. We've been heading in the right direction. It's taken a little longer than I'd like it to, but at the end of the day I have to be healthy to perform."
If Dirks can stay healthy, he'll be on track for a potential September callup.
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