The Tigers noticed it pretty much all year.

It just was not right.

Andy Dirks’ right knee took a beating when he went crashing into an outfield wall during a spring game. And while it never got bad enough to earn him extended time off, it bothered him all season.

But it’s not now.

Dirks and Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke over the phone this week, and the reports were promising. About a month ago, Dirks visited a doctor, was diagnosed with inflammation in that knee, and started rehab.

And so far, so good.

“I feel no pain whatsoever,” Dombrowski said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, relaying what Dirks said. “That was very important because I think Andy Dirks is a solid player.”

Dombrowski, amid rumblings the Tigers were looking for free-agent left fielders, reached out to Dirks to check on his health. Dirks got back to Dombrowski on Monday after he returned from hunting in Alaska.

Dirks, 27, is coming off a rough year at the plate, after a breakout 2012, leaving his definite role for 2014 in question.

It’s why the Tigers are about to sign Rajai Davis to probably platoon with Dirks. But it’s not out of the question Dirks could play more than just against right-handers, manager Brad Ausmus said. It’s all about production, he said.

“He was just never 100 percent,” Dombrowski said. “That’s part of playing, at times.”