The Orioles officially selected the contract of Chris Dickerson before Wednesday’s game, but not before the outfielder was thrown for a loop when he was told of his promotion.
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.
“I found out walking up to lead off the game,” Dickerson said. “He’s like, ‘Come here.’ I’m ready for him to give me a sign or something and he says, ‘Get off the field. Go pack.’ I’m like ‘OK?’ It was very weird, but yeah, that’s how I found out. We got a good laugh about it afterwards.”
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.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun