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Orioles pregame notes (Dickerson, Liddi, Rick Adair, Pearce, Britton, Wada)

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The Orioles announced Friday that they have selected the contract of 31-year-old outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Norfolk, where he batter .243 with two homers and eight RBIs in 37 games. He batted .245 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 46 games with the Orioles this season.

He’ll be the 34th current active player on the Orioles’ major league roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Alex Liddi for assignment.

Liddi, 25, hit .222 with a .269 on-base percentage and .378 slugging percentage in 49 games with Norfolk. Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 6 for an international signing bonus slot increase, Liddi hit four homers and had 22 RBIs for the Tides.
   
** Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he had lunch with Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence as the club’s pitching coach on Aug. 15 due to personal reasons.

Showalter said Adair was in Baltimore briefly and was headed to Alabama to be with his terminally ill father.

“He’s in as good a spirits as you can imagine, comparably speaking,” Showalter said. “A tough time for him and his family.”

Showalter would not speculate if or when Adair would rejoin the organization. He is signed through the 2014 season.

“I think everything else becomes academic until that situation is taken care of in his mind and his family’s mind,” Showalter said. “I think it’s something that takes such precedence over anything we’re doing; those are discussions for another day, another time in my mind. We live in a kind of cold world sometimes. It’s a reminder of what’s really important in my mind.”

** Outfielder Steve Pearce, on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendonitis, is getting a cortisone injection this week, Showalter said. He still is hopeful Pearce will rejoin the Orioles this month, but it now likely won’t be when he is eligible, Sept. 12.

** Left-hander Zach Britton was “a little sore” on Thursday, so Showalter said he’s not sure exactly when Britton will pitch in the playoffs for Short-A Aberdeen. It likely will be a start either Sunday or Tuesday or him pitching in the bullpen. It’s also a possibility he could return to the Orioles or go to Sarasota.

** Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is currently in Sarasota working at the organization’s facility. Showalter was non-committal on whether Wada would join the Orioles at all this season.

“He’s down there now, we’ll see if there is a need,” Showalter said. “A lot of it has got to do with our competitive situation going forth the rest of the season.”

Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract before the 2012 season but had Tommy John surgery in May 2012 and has not pitched a game in the big leagues.

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