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Dirks Expected To Miss 3 Months After Back Surgery

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 01: Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers doubles to deep center field during the third inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 01: Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers doubles to deep center field during the third inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP/CBS Detroit)
— Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is expected to miss three months because of a back problem that requires surgery.

General manager Dave Dombrowski says the 28-year-old Dirks will have surgery Monday. Dirks was expected to share the left field spot with Rajai Davis, whom the Tigers signed in the offseason.

Dirks hit .256 with nine home runs in 131 games last year. He hit .322 in 2012.

Dombrowski says Dirks has dealt with back issues since high school, but the problem was bothering him more in recent days. The team had him checked out by a specialist Tuesday and found out the diagnosis.

The team Tweeted this: “Andy Dirks will undergo a microdiscectomy surgery to repair an injured back on Monday morning. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Thomas Tolli in St. Petersburg. He will undergo rest and therapeutic rehabilitation before resuming baseball activities at six weeks.”

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