By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
8:38 AM EDT, April 10, 2013
Last night, I wrote that Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Chris Dickerson would join the Orioles in Boston today.
The tweet that Dickerson sent from his personal Twitter account (@CDickerson_PFTP) would also indicate we will see him at Fenway Park tonight.
“Rise and shine!! Nice little birthday present, a trip to #Boston. A W would be even better. Time for takeoff,” Dickerson tweeted this morning.
Following the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Monday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked whether the shuttle from Norfolk would start this Wednesday. Showalter said no definitively, indicating he’s not ready to create a roster rotation yet. Last season, the Orioles used 52 different players, but most of those moves were due to a rash of injuries.
The Orioles' designated hitters have been woeful this season, going 1-for-23 through seven games, but Showalter said Monday that it's too early to make much of that stat.
Dickerson is 3-for-15 this season at Norfolk, and since he plays all three outfield positions, the easy guess is that he’s here to replace Nolan Reimold, who left Sunday’s game with right hamstring tightness.
Reimold and Showalter were both optimistic that Reimold could avoid the disabled list Monday. Showalter added that the key decision would be whether the Orioles would be able to rest Reimold today against right-hander Ryan Dempster so he could get two extra days rest, including Tuesday's off day, and return to the lineup Thursday.
One thing that’s important to note is that the Orioles have to make a decision on Reimold soon. Having him unavailable – or not a real option -- as part of a short three-man bench (with the only other two bench players being infielder Alexi Casilla and backup catcher Taylor Teagarden) really handcuffs Showalter from making the chess moves that he’s good at later in the game. Showalter said Monday he’d like to get to a full bench as soon as possible.
With Wilson Betemit injured with a Grade 2/3 PCL tear and Ryan Flaherty drawing playing time at second, the bench is also void of a left-handed bat with some pop. So calling up a left-handed bat like Dickerson is interesting. He has an impressive .269/.354/.424 career batting line against right-handed pitching.
Steve Pearce, who was the last player to make the 25-man roster this spring, is hitless in 10 at bats. That includes three starts at designated hitter. Flaherty is hitless in his first 14 at bats of the season.
For now, we’re in wait-and-see mode.
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