Notes: Cabrera out of walking boot; Dirks signs with Jays

Miguel Cabrera clearly wants to be ready for the regular season.

On his Twitter account, @MiguelCabrera, he posted a photo of himself.

"Hoy 15 de enero me quitaron LA bota. No more boot," Cabrera tweeted.

Cabrera, who underwent surgery Oct. 24 to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone, has been doing partial weight-bearing exercise while wearing a walking boot.

Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand has said that Cabrera is due to be reevaluated in the early part of February.

So while Cabrera is not wearing the boot anymore, he still is not cleared for full weight-bearing activity yet.

The Tigers will have their first full-squad workout Feb. 24.


Former Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks signed a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays claimed Dirks on waivers Oct. 31 but he became a free agent when they non-tendered him.

Dirks, who missed all of last season due to back surgery and a hamstring injury, has been invited to spring training.

The Tigers outrighted right-hander Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo Thursday.

Putkonen, 28, appeared in just two games with the Tigers last season before going on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

In his Detroit career, Putkonen was 1-5 with a 4.66 ERA in 44 games.