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Rotowire: Apr 23 / 8:32a ET
News: Dirks was released by the Blue Jays on Thursday, Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Dirks was brought on board in January, but he continues to battle a back injury, which has prevented him from seeing the field thus far in 2015. After appearing in 131 games for the Tigers in 2013, Dirks played in just 14 minor league contests in 2014. He's only 29 years old, but he'll need to prove he's capable of staying healthy before returning to the majors becomes a real possibility.
Rotowire: Mar 29 / 7:32a ET
News: Dirks will remain in minor league camp as he continues to recover from a back injury that cost him the entire 2014 season.
Impact: Dirks was signed in January in the hopes of being able to help contribute at-bats against right-handed pitching, but he's recovering slowly from the injuries that held him out last year. He had a fairly strong season in 2013, hitting .256 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 131 games, but without a single major league at-bat in 2014 and an extended stint in minor league camp, coupled with Michael Saunders' expedited return from a knee injury, Dirks is on the outside looking in when it comes to playing time. Dirks has limited fantasy value even when healthy and with this back injury, his value only plummets from there.
Rotowire: Feb 26 / 1:27p ET
News: Dirks (back) is expected to resume baseball activities in seven-to-10 days, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old reported to minor league camp to continue rehabbing the back injury that cost him all of 2014, but he could join big-league camp before long and enter the mix for left-field playing time. Michael Saunders is set to miss the entire first half due a torn meniscus in his knee. Dirks hit .256/.323/.363 with nine homers and 37 RBI in 131 games (484 PA) with the Tigers in 2013.