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Mon, 13 May 2013 10:45:23 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks has some experience in center field and OF Avisail Garcia can also play center, having started 44 games there last summer with Double-A Eerie. OF Torii Hunter has plenty of experience in the position, too, so the Tigers have plenty of options to play center field with OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) on the disabled list. OF Don Kelly started the last two games in center field over the weekend. Garcia's natural role is as a corner outfielder, though, and he hit .432 (16-for-37) with a double, a home run and four RBIs in eight games with Triple-A Toledo.
Fantasy Tip: Kelly was likely a temporary solution to the problem over the weekend. Now that Jackson is out for two weeks, expect either Dirks or Hunter to man center field regularly, allowing Garcia to play a corner outfield spot. Garcia may not play every day, however, but for those speculating on increased playing time in cavernous mixed leagues, Garcia is your best bet over Kelly or Matt Tuiasosopo.
Mon, 13 May 2013 09:58:29 -0700
The Detroit Tigers placed OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring pull Monday, May 13, and recalled OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move. Jackson's DL stint will be retroactive to May 12.
Fantasy Tip: Don Kelly started in center field yesterday with Jackson out, but he might have just been a one-game replacement. Although he doesn't have the range he once had, Torii Hunter could slide over to center, which would allow the Tigers to place Garcia in right field. Garcia's season is off to a slow start thanks to a heel injury, but he represents the most upside out of the group that includes Kelly and Matt Tuiasosopo. Andy Dirks should continue to see consistent playing time in left. The outfield arrangement could be very fluid, though, so deep mixed leaguers speculating on increased playing time might have to be patient.
Fri, 03 May 2013 17:01:12 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson (rest) was held out of the lineup Friday, May 3, against the Houston Astros. It is a scheduled day off. OF Andy Dirks moved to the leadoff spot, and OF Don Kelly drew the start in center field.
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:22:32 -0700
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said OF Andy Dirks (knee) is available against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 28, although he is not at 100 percent.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:08:19 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (knee) continues to be bothered by his right knee, which he bruised during spring training. He is not in the starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 27.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:58:06 -0700
Detroit Tigers 3B Don Kelly has made the opening day roster after the team sent OF Quintin Berry to the minors. OF Andy Dirks and 3B Matt Tuiasosopo will serve as the team's left fielders.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:08:52 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (knee) remained out with swelling in his right knee Thursday, March 21, but he hopes to be ready to play Friday, March 22. OF Quintin Berry (knee), a candidate to be the fourth outfielder, returned to action Thursday after missing time with tendonitis in his left patella.
Fantasy Tip: With Nick Castellanos in the minors and Avisail Garcia (foot) nursing an injury, Berry is the clearcut favorite to be the fourth outfielder and split time with Dirks in left field. However, speed and thefts are the extent of Berry's contributions to fantasy squads, and he will only be useful in AL only leagues thanks to his lack of PT.
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:23:51 -0700
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (knee) is dealing with a right knee contusion and is listed as day-to-day.
Fantasy Tip: Dirks should be fine for the start of the season, and he figures to get the majority of playing time in left field. Nick Castellanos was sent to minor league camp, meaning Avisail Garcia is the biggest threat for Dirks, but not enough to keep him from being a mixed-league commodity as outfield depth.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:45:36 -0800
The Detroit Tigers have plenty of competition in left field, with OFs Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry, Brennan Boesch and Don Kelly all vying for time at the position.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:45:09 -0800
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (intercostal) returned to the lineup in the Grapefruit League spring game Friday, March 1, after missing most of the week with a left intercostal strain. He played left field for four and a half inning.