Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:59:44 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (back) underwent a microdiscectomy Monday, March 10, in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the procedure was seemed successful. He's not allowed to do any physical activity besides walk for three weeks and is expected to be sidelined for a total of 12 weeks.
Fantasy Tip: The positive for hopeful AL-only owners of Dirks is that no complications were discovered or arose, if that had been possible. Rajai Davis is expected to benefit most from Dirks' absence primarily because the speedy outfielder is the only fantasy-relevant player who could.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:34:12 -0800
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had the same injury as OF Andy Dirks (back) a few years ago when he was still playing. "My understanding is a piece of the disc tore away from the whole of the disc," Ausmus said. "They're just going to go in and remove that piece and clean up the area on the disc where it had come off." Dirks has apparently dealt with back issues for some time. OF Rajai Davis may now turn into more of an everyday player, according to Ausmus.
Fantasy Tip: Davis should be bumped up draft boards. His legs make him a real stolen-base asset, and with more playing time, the returns could be significant. Dirks will likely play again this year, but the extent of his injury could make him a non-factor.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:13:40 -0800
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (back) will undergo surgery on his back and miss 12 weeks.
Fantasy Tip: Dirks was in line for platoon duty with Rajai Davis in left field this year. That could now fall to Don Kelly, at least in the interim. Davis looks more intriguing now since it's unclear if Kelly would be a straight up platoon partner. Depending on the nature of Dirks' surgery, this could put a damper on his entire season.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:09:39 -0800
The Detroit Tigers plan to be much more aggressive on the base paths this year after adding 2B Ian Kinsler and OF Rajai Davis. "We wanted more speed, but if you look at last year's team, we had very few places where we could just add speed to the order," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. We had to find a way and the Prince trade set everything into motion. We'll be faster this year."
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:22:12 -0800
The Detroit Tigers will likely look into upgrades of their bullpen and may explore a contract extension with SP Max Scherzer now that OF Rajai Davis is in the fold.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:25:43 -0800
Updating a previous report, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi feels a possible trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Detroit Tigers for OF Matt Kemp is complicated and unlikely. The Tigers signed OF Rajai Davis, and they would need to move OF Austin Jackson to make sense.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:44:35 -0800
The Detroit Tigers agreed with free-agent OF Rajai Davis (Blue Jays) on a two-year deal.
Fantasy Tip: Davis could wind up platooning in left field with Andy Dirks, but Davis can steal 40 bags in his sleep. He has averaged 43 steals per season over the last five years, despite inconsistent playing time. Look for him during the middle parts of your draft if you need some speed, but be aware that he's very one-dimensional.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:50:16 -0800
The Detroit Tigers are close to signing free-agent OF Rajai Davis (Blue Jays) to a two-year deal.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:26:04 -0800
The Minnesota Twins are interested in free-agent OF Rajai Davis (Blue Jays), according to a league source, and they're willing to go multiple years.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:20:22 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles have no interest in free-agent OF Rajai Davis (Blue Jays), according to a source.