By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
11:05 PM EDT, April 9, 2013
BOSTON – Outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was abruptly removed in the first inning of Tuesday’s game at Triple-A Norfolk, will join the Orioles Wednesday in Boston.
A corresponding 25-man roster move to add Dickerson is uncertain. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday he was optimistic outfielder Nolan Reimold, who left Sunday’s game with a right hamstring injury, could avoid a disabled list stint with Tuesday’s off day and a right-hander pitcher slated to pitch for Boston on Wednesday – which would give the right-handed hitting Reimold two extra days off.
Since Dickerson is under a minor league contract, the Orioles would need to add him to the 40-man roster. They could transfer designated hitter Wilson Betemit, who is out with a Grade 2/3 PCL tear, to the 60-day disabled list to do so.
If the Orioles place Reimold in the disabled list, the move can be made retroactive to Monday, meaning he would be eligible to come of the DL on April 23.
Dickerson, who was slated to leadoff and start in center field for the Tides on Tuesday, was replaced by L.J. Hoes for his first at-bat in the first inning of the Tides’ 5-4 win over Charlotte.
Dickerson, who can play all three outfield positions, is hitting .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI at Norfolk. He had a solid spring, hitting .297/.409/.514 with two homers and six RBIs in 24 games.
The Orioles have been playing with a three-man bench since Saturday, and Showalter said he hoped to get back to a regular bench soon.
Around the horn: The Orioles signed SS Cale Iorg to a minor league deal. He will play middle infield for Double-A Bowie. … Recent addition RHP Josh Stinson, claimed off waivers from the Oakland A’s last week, made his first start at Norfolk, allowing three runs – one earned – on seven hits through five innings of work.
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