Andy Dirks is off to a slow start. A really slow start. But he's not willing to place all the blame on a bum right knee that's been haunting him the entire season.
"I don’t know if it’s a factor or not," Dirks said. "Could be. Could be a lot of factors. Definitely wasn’t helping the issue, you know?"

For the third straight game, Dirks was held out of the Tigers' starting lineup. It's unlikely he would've started Sunday with Atlanta starting left-hander Mike Minor, but manager Jim Leyland confirmed Dirks is still hobbled from the injury he suffered this spring.

"I don't think he's 100 percent, no, I do not," he said. "I think there were days he ran hard to first base and he looked pretty normal, but then when you'd watch him go out to the outfield after the inning sometimes he wasn't moving quite as good. So I doubt that it's ever been 100 percent just yet, to be honest with you."

Dirks initially bruised the knee on March 19 when he slammed into a wall while trying to make a catch in a Grapefruit League game. He played in only three spring training games after the incident, going 1-for-9 with three strikeouts.

"The last couple of days it’s felt better than it’s felt in a month, which is good, definitely," Dirks said. "But it’s just something we’ve just got to get through, and go from there."