Dickerson said he was told he was going to Boston after he stepped up to bat in the first inning of Tuesday’s game with Triple-A Norfolk. Tides manager Ron Johnson then pulled him aside and told to go pack.
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Dickerson, who was 3-for-15 at Norfolk, was one of the Orioles’ final cuts of the spring. He will provide a left-handed bat off the bench and is also a plus defender, plus baserunner and has a plus arm.
“I was impressed with him,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You can see why he’s been coveted by people. … There’s not much there not to like. He played his butt of the whole spring and he competed. He knows the gig. He knows what’s expected here. I was really impressed with him defensively and running the bases.”
When he was reassigned to Norfolk, Dickerson admitted he was disappointed, but being back on a major league roster eight games into the season — and on his 31st birthday — was something to smile about.
“You're constantly competing every day in spring training in hopes of earning that spot,” Dickerson said. “When it came down to that last day, it was crushing, but Buck and I talked about it and he said not to be too down about it because you could be back at any time. And he was right.”